Definition of proto-Elamite in US English:

proto-Elamite

adjective

  • Designating or relating to the earliest indigenous writing system known from Iran; designating or relating to the period during which this script was in use or the culture associated with it.

noun

  • The earliest indigenous writing system known from Iran; a member of the people or culture associated with this.

Origin

Early 20th century. From proto- + Elamite, after French proto-élamite.

Pronunciation

proto-Elamite

/ˌprəʊtəʊ ˈiːləmʌɪt/