protohistory

[proh-toh-his-tuh-ree, -his-tree]
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noun, plural pro·to·his·to·ries.
  1. a branch of study concerned with the transition period between prehistory and the earliest recorded history.
  2. the period in a culture immediately before its recorded history begins.

Origin of protohistory

First recorded in 1915–20; proto- + history
Related formspro·to·his·to·ri·an [proh-toh-hi-stawr-ee-uh n, -stohr-] /ˌproʊ toʊ hɪˈstɔr i ən, -ˈstoʊr-/, nounpro·to·his·tor·ic [proh-toh-hi-stawr-ik, -stor-] /ˌproʊ toʊ hɪˈstɔr ɪk, -ˈstɒr-/, pro·to·his·tor·i·cal, adjective
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Related Words for protohistory

antiquity, prehistory, protohistory

British Dictionary definitions for protohistory

protohistory

noun
  1. the period or stage of human development or of a particular culture immediately prior to the emergence of writing
Derived Formsprotohistoric (ˌprəʊtəʊhɪˈstɒrɪk), adjective
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