Definition of pre-Adamite in US English:

pre-Adamite

noun

  • 1A member of a race supposed to have existed before the time of the biblical Adam.

  • 2A believer in the existence of people before Adam. Now historical.

  • 3NZ History. A settler who arrived in Canterbury Province before the settlement of 1850.

adjective

  • 1That existed before the biblical Adam; belonging to a race existing before Adam, or to a time previous to that of Adam; prehuman.

  • 2Relating to or designating the theory that a race of humans existed before Adam; of or relating to believers in this theory.

Origin

Mid 17th century. From post-classical Latin praeadamita, noun from classical Latin prae- + Adam + -īta.

Pronunciation

pre-Adamite

/ˌpriːˈadəmʌɪt/