Definitions for preliteratepriˈlɪt ər ɪt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
pre•lit•er•atepriˈlɪt ər ɪt(adj.)
lacking a written language; nonliterate:
a preliterate culture.
occurring before the development or use of writing.
Origin of preliterate:
not yet having acquired the ability to read and write
used of a society that has not developed writing
a member of such a culture
that has not yet developed a written language
who has not yet learned to read and write