Definition of “prehistoric” - English Dictionary

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“prehistoric” in British English

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prehistoricadjective

uk /ˌpriː.hɪˈstɒr.ɪk/ us /ˌpriː.hɪˈstɔːr.ɪk/

describing the period before there were written records:

prehistoric man/humans/animals
Painting originated in prehistoric times.

informal disapproving very old-fashioned:

He has prehistoric views about women who have careers.

(Definition of “prehistoric” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“prehistoric” in American English

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prehistoricadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˌpri·hɪsˈtɔr·ɪk, -ˈtɑr-/

world history happening in the period of human history before there were written records:

Painting originated in prehistoric times with murals drawn on cave walls.

(Definition of “prehistoric” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)