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[ pree-his-tuh-ree, -his-tree ]


, plural pre·his·to·ries.
  1. human history in the period before recorded events, known mainly through archaeological discoveries, study, research, etc.; history of prehistoric humans.
  2. a history of the events or incidents leading to a crisis, situation, or the like.

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Other Words From

  • pre·his·to·ri·an [pree-hi-, stawr, -ee-, uh, n, -, stohr, -], noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of prehistory1

First recorded in 1870–75; pre- + history

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Example Sentences

To predict where this goes, we’ll look at our prehistory, studying trends over the past six million years of evolution.

As the galleries explain, humans’ relationship with numbers goes back deep into prehistory.

Human history and prehistory were doubtless full of conflict, but then as now, tribes may have had peaceful interactions—treaties, marriages, friendships—and may simply have gifted technology to their neighbors.

The compendium of objects that explore the prehistory of cinema left me marveling at the fact that anyone ever thought moving pictures were a possibility.

It was not until the turn of the 20th century that dinosaurs came to be seen as massive, hulking, and lumbering behemoths of prehistory.

Behind them came people bearing the Nostvet culture.148 Our knowledge of Russian prehistory is still very scanty.

And it extends still further back into prehistory, that is to say, into, unwritten history.

With this social organization ends the prehistory of the human race.

As a matter of fact they belong to the prehistory period of Britain, and to test their value scientific methods are required.

The attempt to place this long chapter of prehistory on a historical basis has many dangers, of which I am fully aware.