\ ˈbränz How to pronounce bronze (audio) \
bronzed; bronzing

Definition of bronze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give the appearance of bronze to a bronzed sculpture also : tan sense 1


noun, often attributive

Definition of bronze (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an alloy of copper and tin and sometimes other elements
b : any of various copper-base alloys with little or no tin
2 : a sculpture or artifact of bronze
3 : a moderate yellowish brown
4 : a bronze medal awarded as the third prize in a competition

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bronzer noun


bronzy \ ˈbrän-​zē How to pronounce bronzy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of bronze in a Sentence

Noun a statue cast in bronze a bronze of the president She won a bronze in skiing.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The heat from the pan bronzed the bottom of the potatoes and kept the dish hot for a long time after removing it from the oven. Washington Post, "Who doesn’t like crispy-edged potatoes? Bring on the Hasselback!," 21 Nov. 2019 This season, of course, there was absolutely no buzzier moment than Jennifer Lopez’s Versace cameo in a redo of the famous jungle print dress Donatella originally designed for Spring 2000, JLo looking as bronzed, buffed, and flawless as ever. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 10 Most-Viewed Collections of Spring 2020," 7 Oct. 2019 Last year this created a sales boom for bikinis and bronzing powder that has the high street salivating this time around. Washington Post, "Addicted to Love Island? It’s a Retail Fantasy," 19 Sep. 2019 Mixing a foundation with a tinted bronzing fluid and a shimmering highlighter, the Victoria's Secret alum dabs the concoction onto her face with a beauty blender. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "How Martha Hunt Transforms Her Daytime Glow into Night-Out Glam," 4 Sep. 2019 My low-maintenance beauty hack is: Dr. Hauschka’s bronzing tint. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "Entrepreneur Tyler Haney on her Best Beauty Hacks," 5 Oct. 2018 She's also shared the names of some of her favorite beauty products, with a bronzing powder by Bobbi Brown and a mascara by Charlotte Tilbury landing spots at the top of her list. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "How Will Princess Eugenie Wear Her Makeup on Her Wedding Day?," 13 July 2018 On July 9, the KKW Beauty mogul Instagrammed a photo of herself in a head-to-toe Yeezy look, with her skin looking noticeably bronzed. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Kim Kardashian's Spray Tan Gets Compared to Selena Gomez at the 2018 Met Gala," 10 July 2018 In the silly stunt, both boys are covered head to toe in orange and brown blotches of the bronzing lotion, during which Leo apparently stripped naked and Kyle destroyed a once-white T-shirt. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Toddlers go wild with mom’s self-tanner, make viral mess," 18 June 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun American AgCredit Sweepstake Award For a comprehensive list of all the Best of Class, double gold, gold, silver and bronze awards, visit, "Sponsored content: Honoring American AgCredit Sweepstake winners," 7 Feb. 2020 This year marks the first where there will be gold, silver and bronze awards for both categories. Anchorage Daily News, "Battle of the brews: The Alaska Brew Fest isn’t just about sampling," 27 Jan. 2020 In 2019, the distillery won several gold, silver and bronze medals from the American Distilling Institute and the Denver International Spirits Competition for its Single Barrel Bourbon, Original Gin, Vodka and Mill Race blend of straight whiskeys. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cedarburg's only distillery is owned by two women. A former brewery owner is head distiller.," 23 Jan. 2020 In the women’s final, Emily Daycock took first place (20:00) with Carly Rothert and Kelsey Brazitis taking the silver and bronze medals. Emmett Hall,, "Sallarulo’s Race for Champions unifies community with Special Olympians," 26 Nov. 2019 Gold, silver, and bronze medals — and, of course, bragging rights — were awarded., "1. APPOINTING AMBASSADORS," 15 Nov. 2019 The tournament's gold, silver and bronze medals -- imprinted with Japan's iconic Mount Fuji and cherry blossom flowers -- have also been unveiled. George Ramsay, CNN, "Social media campaign sends twin brother of England star to Japan to watch Rugby World Cup final," 29 Oct. 2019 China took silver and bronze with Liu Tingting on 14.433 and Li Shijia on 14.3, respectively. James Ellingworth, The Denver Post, "Simone Biles sets all-time medal record at gymnastics worlds," 13 Oct. 2019 During the 2016 Rio Games, around 30 percent of the silver and bronze medals were derived from recyclables. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Medals Will Be Made of Recycled Materials," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of bronze


1645, in the meaning defined above


circa 1721, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for bronze


French, from Italian bronzo

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The first known use of bronze was in 1645

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“Bronze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bronze

: a metal that is made by combining copper and tin
: something (such as a statue) that is made of bronze
: a yellowish-brown color


\ ˈbränz How to pronounce bronze (audio) \

Kids Definition of bronze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an alloy of copper and tin and sometimes other elements
2 : a yellowish brown color
3 : a medal made of bronze given to the third place winner in a competition



Kids Definition of bronze (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : made of bronze
2 : having a yellowish brown color

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