Definition of Neolithic in English:



  • 1Relating to or denoting the later part of the Stone Age, when ground or polished stone weapons and implements prevailed.

    Compare with Mesolithic, Palaeolithic
    • ‘Early Neolithic flint tools were made from local beach pebbles.’
    • ‘Distinctive styles of local pottery appear around 2500 bc along with Neolithic polished stone axes.’
    • ‘He found that Mesolithic and Neolithic material was found in the same area in only eight of the 221 blocks of land surveyed in the valley.’
    • ‘The remains of several Neolithic passage graves and over thirty Iron Age burial mounds can also be seen.’
    • ‘Within one of the roundhouses, but almost certainly unknown to its Iron Age inhabitants, was the burial of a late Neolithic or early Bronze Age child.’
    1. 1.1as noun the Neolithic The Neolithic period.
      Also called New Stone Age


Mid 19th century: from neo- ‘new’ + Greek lithos ‘stone’ + -ic.