prehistoric

If while hiking, you see strange painting on a cliff, it may be rock art from prehistoric times, meaning something from the time before history was recorded.

When you break down the word prehistoric, it’s easy to figure out what it means. The prefix pre-, means “before” and historic relates to something from a past culture. Put the two together, and you get prehistoric, a word that describes something that comes from a time before history was recorded. For example, Stonehenge is a prehistoric site, or the woolly mammoth is a prehistoric beast.

Definitions of prehistoric
  1. adjective
    belonging to or existing in times before recorded history
    prehistoric settlements”
    prehistoric peoples”
    synonyms: prehistorical
    past
    earlier than the present time; no longer current
  2. adjective
    of or relating to times before written history
    prehistoric archeology”
  3. adjective
    no longer fashionable
    “my mother has these prehistoric ideas about proper clothes”
    Synonyms:
    unfashionable, unstylish
    not in accord with or not following current fashion
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