[ pree-kris-chuhn ]

  1. of, relating to, or belonging to a time or period before the Christian Era.

Origin of pre-Christian

First recorded in 1820–30; pre- + Christian

Words Nearby pre-Christian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use pre-Christian in a sentence

  • Figure 14 is a symbol frequently seen in Greek churches, but appears to be of pre-Christian origin.

  • Paul could claim that even in his pre-Christian days he had lived in all good conscience towards both God and man.

  • They certainly inherited much from the pre-Christian idea of Hades.

    Popular Tales | Charles Perrault
  • The sign of the cross, certainly long pre-Christian in the Egyptian sign for life, is specially dealt with in the last two works.

    Bible Studies | Joseph M. Wheeler
  • Most of it was the product of pre-Christian Judaism, and seemed to have been composed in times of great national excitement.

    Roman Mosaics | Hugh Macmillan

British Dictionary definitions for pre-Christian


  1. of or referring to the period of history prior to the establishment of Christianity

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