Definition of preclassic in English:

preclassic

adjective

  • 1Pre-classical.

  • 2Archaeology. Usually with capital initial. Of, relating, or belonging to that period of Meso-American civilization from 1500 b.c. to a.d. 300 which preceded the Classic.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Anthropological Review. From pre- + classic. Compare French préclassique.

Pronunciation

preclassic

/priːˈklasɪk/