Definition of "prehistoric" []

  • Of, relating to, or belonging to the era before recorded history. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to a language before it is first recorded in writing. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to man's development before the appearance of the written word (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "prehistoric" in a sentence
  • "It is not impossible that they may have existed into the period which we call prehistoric, and that monsters far larger than any which we have yet discovered may have lingered until the time when man began to increase upon the earth, to spread over its surface, and to carve upon wood and stone representations of the most striking objects around him."
  • "I believe that early hominids were telling that joke in prehistoric times."
  • "Have you considered actually setting a novel back in prehistoric times?"