Definition of Pleistocene in English:



  • 1Relating to or denoting the first epoch of the Quaternary period, between the Pliocene and Holocene epochs.

    • ‘In general, species richness in the Miocene and Pliocene was high whereas Pleistocene and Recent diversity is very low.’
    • ‘First, no haplotypes are shared between Holocene and Pleistocene spotted hyenas.’
    • ‘In Japan, decapods associated with coral reef deposits were described in Miocene and Pliocene and Pleistocene rocks.’
    • ‘It strongly supports Pliocene and Pleistocene australopithecines being ancestral not to humans but to modern African pongids.’
    • ‘What is most difficult in tectonic geomorphological studies is to establish the late Pleistocene - Holocene chronology.’
    1. 1.1as noun the Pleistocene The Pleistocene epoch or the system of deposits laid down during it.


Mid 19th century: from Greek pleistos ‘most’ + kainos ‘new’.