(often initial capital letter) the ancient time of the creation of all things by sacred ancestors, whose spirits continue into the present, as conceived in the mythology of the Australian Aborigines.

Origin of dreamtime

First recorded in 1905–10; dream + time
Also called alcheringa, the dreaming.
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Contemporary Examples of dreamtime

  • Living in a sort of dreamtime characterizes experience now, as the Moon is void-of-course a few times this week.

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Historical Examples of dreamtime

  • The evidence of the Arunta legends as to the customs of the Alcheringa, or 'dreamtime,' is 'such stuff as dreams are made of.'

British Dictionary definitions for dreamtime



Also called: alchera (ˈæltʃərə), alcheringa (in the mythology of Australian Aboriginal peoples) a mythical Golden Age of the past
Australian informal any remote period, out of touch with the actualities of the present
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