\ 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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Other Words from bronze


bronzer noun


bronzy \ ˈbrän-​zē How to pronounce bronze (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 Suter has medaled in the last four speed events at worlds, after taking silver and bronze in downhill and super-G two years ago. Eric Willemsen, ajc, "Riding high: Suter wins downhill for her 1st gold at worlds," 13 Feb. 2021 Rendered in intricate cutouts, the constellations come carved in either sterling silver or bronze with gold cover. Naveen Kumar, CNN Underscored, "19 gifts for the astrology-obsessed person in your life," 10 Dec. 2020 The axe evolves from stone to bronze to iron to steel. Colin Thubron, The New York Review of Books, "Cartographers of Stone and Air," 17 Nov. 2020 The always colorful Keegan Messing had white in his hair and bronze around his neck Saturday at Skate America. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s Keegan Messing skates to bronze medal at Skate America," 25 Oct. 2020 Remove the lid and baste it all over with the melted butter, then place under the broiler for a couple of minutes to bronze the top. Janelle Bitker,, "Find vegetable-centric recipes in former Bar Tartine chef’s new cookbook," 21 Aug. 2020 And the M550i gets treated, like before, to bronze trim. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2021 BMW 5-Series Gets New Tech and an Altered Look," 26 May 2020 Aside from the dramatization of the lashes, UOMA is introducing face and body bronzing highlighters. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "Patrick Starrr and Jackie Aina Star in UOMA Beauty’s Carnival Collection," 27 Feb. 2020 One post shows legs of lamb filling up the grill, bronzed with tandoori spice. Mike Sutter,, "Guerrilla Gourmet founder James Canter weathers San Antonio coronavirus crisis with his family of 5, a pan full of tuna melts and a big heart," 26 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Having already collected a bronze in super-G last week, the victory gave Shiffrin an American-record nine career medals at worlds — one more than Vonn. Andrew Dampf, ajc, "Shiffrin close to male skiers on same course at worlds," 15 Feb. 2021 Those bronze plans often come with high deductibles. al, "Special insurance enrollment period for pandemic could affect 160,000 in Alabama," 14 Feb. 2021 Boyle, one of the three deputies who responded, saw a bronze Mercedes-Benz with Oregon license plates leaving the area. oregonlive, "Man shot by Clark County deputy to be taken off life support today, lawyer says," 11 Feb. 2021 And the following three examples prove that bronze watches are more than just a gimmick. Daniel Bentley, Fortune, "3 bronze watches that deserve first place in your collection," 7 Feb. 2021 Thank you, Dave Barry, for reminding us that the emperor has no clothes, pride proceedeth the fall, and great men, unlike their bronze replicas, often have feet of clay., "Letters to the Editor of Globe Magazine," 5 Feb. 2021 Every so often a passer-by paused on the desolate sidewalk to take a selfie with one of the bronze lions guarding the museum, but there was no reason to go further: The doors were locked. New York Times, "Is Seeing That Renoir Essential? In the Pandemic, Cities Differ," 2 Feb. 2021 Lantz made the podium in all four women’s races, winning one gold, two silvers and one bronze. Anchorage Daily News, "Delay doesn’t slow down Finnigan Donley in alpine ski races at Alyeska," 28 Jan. 2021 Though Northam ordered the 21-foot bronze sculpture’s removal in July, a number of setbacks have delayed the process. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Statue of Civil Rights Activist Barbara Rose Johns Will Replace U.S. Capitol’s Likeness of Robert E. Lee," 23 Dec. 2020

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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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23 Feb 2021

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“Bronze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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