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prehistoric definition

Overview

This page has two definitions of prehistoric in English. Prehistoric is an adjective. Also define these 8 related words and terms: epoch, record, humorous, ancient, very, old, nonmodern, and unfashionable.

See also: prehistòric

English

Alternative forms

  • pre-historic

Etymology

From pre- (before) +‎ historic, q.v., similar to slightly earlier ante-historic.

Pronunciation

Adjective

prehistoric (comparative more prehistoric, superlative most prehistoric)

  1. (properly) Of or relating to the epoch before written record.
    • 1832 October, Foreign Quarterly Review, p. 369:
      Was it then in a pre-historic time that the Romans wandered into these lands?
  2. (inexact or humorous) Synonym of ancient: very old, nonmodern, unfashionable, etc.
    • Old definition
      Of an object, concept, relationship, etc., having existed for a relatively long period of time. (1 of 15 old definitions)

Synonyms

  • ante-historic

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