- The definition of primeval is a person or thing from the earliest times.
An example of primeval is the "Grizzly Giant" sequoia tree in Yosemite; a primeval tree.
primeval definition by Webster's New World
Origin: ; from Classical Latin primaevus (; from primus, first: see prime plush aevum, an age) plush -al
primeval definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: From Latin prīmaevus, early in life : prīmus, first; see per1 in Indo-European roots + aevum, age; see aiw- in Indo-European roots.
- pri·meˈval·ly adverb