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, Paleolithic
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Distinctive styles of local pottery appear around 2500 bc along with Neolithic polished stone axes.’
    • ‘Early Neolithic flint tools were made from local beach pebbles.’
    • ‘The remains of several Neolithic passage graves and over thirty Iron Age burial mounds can also be seen.’
    1. 1.1as noun the Neolithic The Neolithic period.
      Also called New Stone Age


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