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ˌni əˈlɪθ ɪkne·olith·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Neolithic Age, Neolithic, New Stone Ageadjective

    latest part of the Stone Age beginning about 10,000 BC in the Middle East (but later elsewhere)

  2. neolithicadjective

    of or relating to the most recent period of the Stone Age (following the mesolithic)

    "evidence of neolithic settlements"


  1. Neolithicadjective

    Of or pertaining to, or designating, an era characterized by late remains in stone; the late stone age. Estimated as beginning around 9000 b. c. in the Middle East, this period is characterized by the beginnings of farming, the domestication of animals, and the manufacture of textiles and pottery.


  1. Neolithicadjective

    Of or relating to the New Stone Age.

    What am I supposed to do with this neolithic piece of machinery?

  2. Neolithicnoun

    The New Stone Age, from circa 8500 to 4500 BCE.

  3. neolithicadjective

    hopelessly outdated

    What am I supposed to do with this neolithic piece of machinery?

  4. Etymology: From νέος + λίθος.


  1. Neolithic

    The Neolithic period, or New Stone Age, is an Old World archaeological period and the final division of the Stone Age. It saw the Neolithic Revolution, a wide-ranging set of developments that appear to have arisen independently in several parts of the world. This "Neolithic package" included the introduction of farming, domestication of animals, and change from a hunter-gatherer lifestyle to one of settlement. It began about 12,000 years ago when farming appeared in the Epipalaeolithic Near East, and later in other parts of the world. The Neolithic lasted in the Near East until the transitional period of the Chalcolithic (Copper Age) from about 6,500 years ago (4500 BC), marked by the development of metallurgy, leading up to the Bronze Age and Iron Age. In other places the Neolithic followed the Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age) and then lasted until later. In Ancient Egypt, the Neolithic lasted until the Protodynastic period, c. 3150 BC. In China it lasted until circa 2000 BC with the rise of the pre-Shang Erlitou culture, and in Scandinavia the Neolithic lasted until about 2000 BC.The term Neolithic is modern, based on Greek νέος néos 'new' and λίθος líthos 'stone', literally 'New Stone Age'. The term was coined by Sir John Lubbock in 1865 as a refinement of the three-age system.


  1. neolithic

    The Neolithic period, also known as the New Stone Age, was the final stage of cultural evolution or technological development among prehistoric humans. It began approximately 10,000 to 12,000 years ago when humans started to transition from hunting and gathering to settling and farming. The Neolithic period is distinguished by the development of agriculture, domestication of animals, creation of polished stone tools, and establishment of permanent settlements.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Neolithicadjective

    of or pertaining to, or designating, an era characterized by late remains in stone

  2. Etymology: [Neo- + -lith + -ic.]


  1. Neolithic

    The Neolithic Era, or Period, from νέος and λίθος, or New Stone age, was a period in the development of human technology, beginning about 10,200 BC, according to the ASPRO chronology in some parts of the Middle East, and later in other parts of the world and ending between 4,500 and 2,000 BC. Traditionally considered the last part of the Stone Age, the Neolithic followed the terminal Holocene Epipaleolithic period and commenced with the beginning of farming, which produced the "Neolithic Revolution". It ended when metal tools became widespread. The Neolithic is a progression of behavioral and cultural characteristics and changes, including the use of wild and domestic crops and of domesticated animals. The beginning of the Neolithic culture is considered to be in the Levant about 10,200–8,800 BC. It developed directly from the Epipaleolithic Natufian culture in the region, whose people pioneered the use of wild cereals, which then evolved into true farming. The Natufian period was between 12,000 and 10,200 BC, and the so-called "proto-neolithic" is now included in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic between 10,200 and 8,800 BC. As the Natufians had become dependent on wild cereals in their diet, and a sedentary way of life had begun among them, the climatic changes associated with the Younger Dryas are thought to have forced people to develop farming. By 10,200–8,800 BC, farming communities arose in the Levant and spread to Asia Minor, North Africa and North Mesopotamia. Early Neolithic farming was limited to a narrow range of plants, both wild and domesticated, which included einkorn wheat, millet and spelt, and the keeping of dogs, sheep and goats. By about 6,900–6,400 BC, it included domesticated cattle and pigs, the establishment of permanently or seasonally inhabited settlements, and the use of pottery.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Neolithic

    nē-ō-lith′ik, adj. applied to the more recent implements of the stone age—opp. to Palæolithic. [Gr. neos, new, lithos, a stone.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Neolithic in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Neolithic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Neolithic in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Chamberlain:

    However, wood is not preserved on most Neolithic archaeological sites and no wooden measuring devices have been found in prehistoric Britain.

  2. Christophe Snoeck:

    Our results are the first one to provide direct evidence on the origin of those buried at Stonehenge, shedding light on the importance of the site in the Neolithic landscape.

  3. Fernando Ramirez Rozzi:

    These two possibilities reveal new insights for the Neolithic society.

  4. Dr John:

    The story of bluestones transported by the vast Irish Sea Glacier is every bit as wonderful as the archetypal myth of Neolithic Argonauts struggling to move heavy stones with the aid of crude tools, heavy sledges and flimsy rafts.

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