- relating to or denoting the present epoch, which is the second epoch in the Quaternary period and followed the Pleistocene. Also called Recent.
The Holocene epoch has lasted from about 10,000 years ago to the present day. It covers the period since the ice retreated after the last glaciation and it is sometimes regarded as just another interglacial period
late 19th century: coined in French from holo- 'whole' + Greek kainos 'new'