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or prehistorical

[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 outdated; passé: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.
Origin of prehistoric
1850-55; pre- + historic
Related forms
prehistorically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for prehistoric
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  • prehistoric traffic between Britain and Italy may not be an entirely new idea, but the bucket opens a new chapter.

  • prehistoric man, as I just told you, was on a fair way to progress.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • There it was, a mere nubbin of crust and so hard it might almost have been taken for a petrified specimen of prehistoric bread.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
  • He also gave me an admirable chameleon, a prehistoric, fabulous sort of animal.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Matriarchate is assumed on this theory to have been universal in prehistoric times.

British Dictionary definitions for prehistoric


of or relating to man's development before the appearance of the written word
Derived Forms
prehistorically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for prehistoric

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

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