(Latin: before [both in time and place])
The prefix prae- can actually be substituted for pre- because both of them are different spellings for the same prefix meaning "before".
2. In a strict sense, "history" is an account of the past recovered from written records, but such an account can be prepared from other sources, notably archaeology.
3. The term prehistory was coined by Daniel Wilson in 1851 to cover the story of man's development before the appearance of writing.
4. It is succeeded by protohistory, the period for which we have some records but must still rely largely on archaeological evidence to give us a coherent account.
5. Prehistory differs from history in dealing with the activities of a society or culture, not of the individual; it is restricted to the material evidence that has survived.
2. Something that precedes, prepares for, or introduces the main matter, action, or business.
3. An academic test or examination that is preparatory to one that is longer, more complex, or more important.
4. In sports, a contest to determine the finalists in a competition.
5. A sports event that precedes the main event of a particular program, especially in boxing or wrestling.
2. In music, a piece that is performed before the introduction to a musical presentation; especially, such a movement preceding a fugue or forming the first piece of a suite: Johann Sebastian Bach wrote some of the most beautiful preludes Brian had ever heard.
When Tracy went to the opera, she had just a minute or two to read the program before the orchestra played the prelude.
The performance by the school choir was the prelude to the president of the school board's speech on music in the schools.3. Etymology: from Middle French prélude, "notes sung" or "played to test a voice or instrument" (1532); from Middle Latin preludium, "prelude, preliminary"; from Latin præludere, "to play beforehand for practice, to preface"; from præ-, "before" + ludere, "to play".
A good education and proper training are preluding Jim to a good career.2. To come before; often, to introduce a piece of music before a bigger composition: The pianist preluded Wilhelm Richard Wagner's opera with a short Frédéric François Chopin presentation.
3. Etymology: from Latin praeludere, "to play before"; from pre-,"before" + ludere, "to play".
2. Descriptive of anything that is occurring, growing, or existing before a customary, correct, or assigned time: Jerry missed his flight because it made a premature departure in order to avoid the severe storm that was approaching the area.
3. Etymology: from Latin praematurus; from prae-, "before" + maturus, "ripe."