\ 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Will bronze medals become silver and silver become gold? Kurt Streeter, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2022 Brothers Liu Shaoang and Liu Shaolin Sandor led Hungary to bronze in the relay. Beth Harris, ajc, 5 Feb. 2022 The centerpiece’s spiral starts in a copper shade before moving to bronze, then, finally, tapering off into gold toward the top. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 2 May 2022 It’s lacquered with a brown sugar glaze and thrown on the griddle to caramelize and bronze along the edges. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2022 Her spectacular, hands-over-head leaps led her side to a runaway gold, far ahead of silver United States, bronze Japan and fourth-place Canada. Saphora Smith, NBC News, 14 Feb. 2022 Freshman Suni Lee, the 2020 Olympic all-around champion and uneven bars bronze medalist, will compete in the beam – the Tigers’ final rotation – and is listed as tentative on the bars and a potential competitor on the floor. Mark Heim |, al, 14 Jan. 2022 Bake for 20 to 25 minutes with the lid on, then remove the lid and bake for another 20 to 25 minutes to set and bronze the crust. Washington Post, 19 May 2021 The blossoms are followed by clusters of pink to bronze seed pods. Tom Maccubbin,, 30 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In January, the museum removed from its front steps a bronze statue of Theodore Roosevelt astride a horse and flanked by a Native American and an African, both bare-chested. New York Times, 5 May 2022 Marjorie Tallchief danced for presidents, twirled the world over and leaped to global fame, achieving so much success in the ballet world that her native Oklahomans honored her with a bronze statue. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 There is a bronze statue of Ignazio's father in the town square. Stanley Stewart, Travel + Leisure, 24 Apr. 2022 In 2007, after the Estonian government chose to move a bronze statue of a Soviet soldier in the capital that many viewed as a symbol of repression, pro-Kremlin activists started a riot. NBC News, 10 Apr. 2022 Maracas in hand, her life-sized bronze statue stands in New Orleans Musical Legends Park on, where else, Bourbon Street. al, 5 Apr. 2022 That same night, organizers unveiled a Chris LeDoux bronze memorial statue. Pam Windsor, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 There’s a Selena memorial that includes a bronze statue of the singer in Corpus Christi, and fans continue to honor her today. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Mar. 2022 The compact, ornate wooden structure, once part of the last rail station, is painted a tasteful lemon, and nearby is a bronze statue of the elderly rail magnate sitting with a cane on a bench. Tony Perrottet, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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18 May 2022

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More Definitions for bronze


\ 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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