prehistoric

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

adjective

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 outdated; passé: My mom has these prehistoric ideas about proper dress.

Nearby words

  1. pregnantly,
  2. preheat,
  3. prehensible,
  4. prehensile,
  5. prehension,
  6. prehistory,
  7. prehnite,
  8. prehominid,
  9. prehormone,
  10. prehuman

Sometimes pre·his·tor·i·cal.

Origin of prehistoric

First recorded in 1850–55; pre- + historic

Related formspre·his·tor·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for prehistoric

prehistoric

prehistorical

/ (ˌpriːhɪˈstɒrɪk) /

adjective

of or relating to man's development before the appearance of the written word
Derived Formsprehistorically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for prehistoric

prehistoric

adj.

1832, modeled on French préhistorique; see pre- + historic.

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