prehistory - definition in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online (US)

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “prehistory”

See all translations

prehistory

noun [U] uk   /priːˈhɪs.tər.i/  us   /-t̬ɚ.i/
the period of human history before there were written records of events: Human prehistory is divided into three successive periods: the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age.
Translations of “prehistory”
in Chinese (Traditional) (有文字記載以前的)史前史,史前階段…
in Chinese (Simplified) (有文字记载以前的)史前史,史前阶段…
(Definition of prehistory from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of prehistory?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

lateral thinking

a way of solving a problem by thinking about it in a different and original way and not using traditional or expected methods

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

plyscraper noun

May 18, 2015
a skyscraper made mainly from wood The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow

Read More