[ dreem-tahym ]
/ ˈdrimˌtaɪm /
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(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 Australian Aboriginal mythology.



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Also called alcheringa, the dreaming .

Origin of dreamtime

First recorded in 1905–10; dream + time
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Example sentences from the Web for 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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  • 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

/ (ˈdriːmtaɪm) /


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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