Definition of Abbevillian in English:



  • 1Relating to or denoting the first Palaeolithic culture in Europe, now usually referred to as the Lower Acheulian.

    • ‘Early Acheulian or Abbevillian begins in Karnataka around 1.5 million years ago and advance Acheulian continues up to 15 million years ago at Patpara in Son Valley.’
    • ‘Subdivisions of the Paleolithic include the: Lower Paleolithic (Oldowan, Clactonian, Abbevillian, Acheulean), Middle Paleolithic, the time of the hand axe-industries and Upper Paleolithic (Châtelperronian, Aurignacian, Solutrean, Gravettian, Magdalenian).’
    • ‘Extensive archeological finds of obsidian instruments roughly fashioned by the primitive man indicate ancient human settlements in Armenia, dating back to the Old Stone Age (Abbevillian culture) and further onwards.’
    • ‘The researchers identified in the cave three different ancient human cultures: Acheulean, Abbevillian, and Mousterian.’
    1. 1.1as noun the Abbevillian The Abbevillian culture or period.


1930s: from French Abbevillien ‘from Abbeville’, a town in northern France where tools from this culture were discovered.