verb (used with object), bronzed, bronz·ing.


having the color bronze.

Nearby words

  1. brontosaurus,
  2. brontë,
  3. bronx,
  4. bronx cheer,
  5. bronx, the,
  6. bronze age,
  7. bronze diabetes,
  8. bronze doré,
  9. bronze medal,
  10. bronze star

Origin of bronze

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

Related formsbronz·y, bronze·like, adjectivepre·bronze, adjectivequa·si-bronze, adjectiveun·bronzed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bronze



  1. any hard water-resistant alloy consisting of copper and smaller proportions of tin and sometimes zinc and lead
  2. any similar copper alloy containing other elements in place of tin, such as aluminium bronze, beryllium bronze, etcSee also phosphor bronze, gunmetal Compare brass (def. 1)
a yellowish-brown colour or pigment
a statue, medal, or other object made of bronze
short for bronze medal


made of or resembling bronze
of a yellowish-brown coloura bronze skin


(esp of the skin) to make or become brown; tan
(tr) to give the appearance of bronze to
Derived Formsbronzy, adjective

Word Origin for bronze

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

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Word Origin and History for bronze
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Science definitions for bronze



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