[ bronz ]
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  1. Metallurgy.

    • any of various alloys consisting essentially of copper and tin, the tin content not exceeding 11 percent.

    • any of various other alloys having a large copper content.

  2. a metallic brownish color.

  1. a work of art, as a statue, statuette, bust, or medal, composed of bronze.

  2. Numismatics. a coin made of bronze, especially one from the Roman Empire.

verb (used with object),bronzed, bronz·ing.
  1. to give the appearance or color of bronze to.

  2. to make brown, as by exposure to the sun: The sun bronzed his face.

  1. Printing.

    • to apply a fine metallic powder to (the ink of a printed surface) in order to create a glossy effect.

    • to apply a fine metallic powder to (areas of a reproduction proof on acetate) in order to increase opacity.

  1. having the color bronze.

Origin of bronze

1730–40; <French <Italian, of obscure origin

Other words from bronze

  • bronzy, bronzelike, adjective
  • pre·bronze, adjective
  • quasi-bronze, adjective
  • un·bronzed, adjective

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How to use bronze in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for bronze


/ (brɒnz) /

    • any hard water-resistant alloy consisting of copper and smaller proportions of tin and sometimes zinc and lead

    • any similar copper alloy containing other elements in place of tin, such as aluminium bronze, beryllium bronze, etc: See also phosphor bronze, gunmetal Compare brass (def. 1)

  1. a yellowish-brown colour or pigment

  1. a statue, medal, or other object made of bronze

  2. short for bronze medal

  1. made of or resembling bronze

  2. of a yellowish-brown colour: a bronze skin

  1. (esp of the skin) to make or become brown; tan

  2. (tr) to give the appearance of bronze to

Origin of bronze

C18: from French, from Italian bronzo, perhaps ultimately from Latin Brundisium Brindisi, famed for its bronze

Derived forms of bronze

  • bronzy, adjective

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Scientific definitions for bronze


[ brŏnz ]

  1. A yellow or brown alloy of copper and tin, sometimes with small amounts of other metals such as lead or zinc. Bronze is harder than brass and is used both in industry and in art.

  2. An alloy of copper and certain metals other than tin, such as aluminum.

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