- the period in the history of humankind, following the Stone Age and the Bronze Age, marked by the use of implements and weapons made of iron.
- (lowercase) Classical Mythology. the present age, following the bronze age; the last and worst of the four ages of the human race, characterized by danger, corruption, and toil.
- (lowercase) any age or period of degeneracy or wickedness.
Origin of Iron Age
First recorded in 1585–95
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- classical myth the last and worst age in the history of the world
- the period following the Bronze Age characterized by the extremely rapid spread of iron tools and weapons, which began in the Middle East about 1100 bc
- (as modifier)an Iron-Age weapon
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Word Origin and History for iron age
1590s, originally from Greek and Roman mythology, the last and worst age of the world; the archaeological sense of "period in which humans used iron tools and weapons" is from 1879.
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- The period in cultural development succeeding the Bronze Age in Asia, Europe, and Africa, characterized by the introduction of iron metallurgy. In southeastern Europe and the Middle East the beginning of the Iron Age is generally dated to around 1200 bce, with later dates for other parts of Europe and the other continents. Although not as hard or durable as bronze, iron is a more abundant resource, and the Iron Age saw a rapid expansion of metalworking wherever the technology was introduced. See Note at Three Age system.
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