[pey-lee-eth-nol-uh-jee; especially British pal-ee-]


(formerly) the branch of ethnology concerned with the earliest or most primitive human societies.

Origin of paleethnology

First recorded in 1865–70; pale- + ethnology
Related formspa·le·eth·no·log·ic [pey-lee-eth-nl-oj-ik; especially British pal-ee-] /ˌpeɪ liˌɛθ nlˈɒdʒ ɪk; especially British ˌpæl i-/, pa·le·eth·no·log·i·cal, adjectivepa·le·eth·nol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019