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PREHISTORIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does prehistoric mean? 

PREHISTORIC (adjective)
  The adjective PREHISTORIC has 3 senses:

1. belonging to or existing in times before recorded history
2. of or relating to times before written history
3. no longer fashionable

  Familiarity information: PREHISTORIC used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PREHISTORIC (adjective)


Sense 1prehistoric [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Belonging to or existing in times before recorded history

Synonyms:

prehistoric; prehistorical

Context examples:

prehistoric settlements / prehistoric peoples

Similar:

past (earlier than the present time; no longer current)


Sense 2prehistoric [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to times before written history

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

prehistoric archeology

Pertainym:

prehistory (the time during the development of human culture before the appearance of the written word)


Sense 3prehistoric [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

No longer fashionable

Context example:

my mother has these prehistoric ideas about proper clothes

Similar:

unfashionable; unstylish (not in accord with or not following current fashion)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


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