[ pree-hi-stawr-ik, -stor-, pree-i- ]
/ ˌpri hɪˈstɔr ɪk, -ˈstɒr-, ˌpri ɪ- /


of or relating to the time or a period prior to recorded history:The dinosaur is a prehistoric beast.
Slang. outdated; passé: My mom has these prehistoric ideas about proper dress.
Sometimes pre·his·tor·i·cal.

Origin of prehistoric

First recorded in 1850–55; pre- + historic

OTHER WORDS FROM prehistoric

pre·his·tor·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for prehistoric



/ (ˌpriːhɪˈstɒrɪk) /


of or relating to man's development before the appearance of the written word

Derived forms of prehistoric

prehistorically, adverb
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