\ˈbränz \
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 \ adjective

Examples of bronze in a Sentence


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

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 Spray tans will bronze you without harmful UV exposure. Mari A. Schaefer,, "Blue Cross data shows rise in melanoma rates among the insured," 31 May 2018 But a month ago, one trip to Sephora totally flipped the script on my contouring-bronzing thoughts. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "I Found a Bronzer That Actually Shows Up on My Dark Skin," 23 May 2018 The Palestinian-American model, who is excessively bronzed in Steven Klein’s cover shot, was accused of wearing blackface. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Gigi Hadid Responds to Vogue Italia Blackface Controversy," 3 May 2018 The controversial image, taken by star photographer Steven Klien, shows Hadid with such a deep bronzing effect to her skin that many took it to be a racist overture. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Gigi Hadid Apologizes After Accusations of Blackface on 'Vogue Italia' Cover," 3 May 2018 But between football and academia came the bobsled — and Tomasevicz was a good one, helping the USA’s four-man team win gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games and bronze four years later in Sochi. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "2018 Winter Olympics: 'Football players are really bobsledders'," 18 Feb. 2018 After taking gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games and bronze four years later in Sochi, the USA’s hopes of a medaling for the third Winter Games in a row hinge on this sled. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "2018 Winter Olympics: Disappointing day for USA four-man bobsledders; medal chances slim," 24 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

France looked set to be heading towards a bronze medal before Nico Claesen brought Belgium back level, forcing the game into extra time., "World Cup Preview: France vs Belgium - Recent Form, Classic Encounter, Predictions & More," 9 July 2018 An all-Hungarian semi-final against Szekely Land was blown apart thanks to goals either side of half-time from György Toma, with Gergő Gyürki making their spot in the final safe despite a late push from last year's European bronze medalists., "CONIFA World Football Cup Final Preview: Key Men, Road to the Final, Where to Watch and More," 8 June 2018 The 2016 Olympic bronze medalists were able to neutralize the big serve of the 6-foot-11 Goncalves. Curtis Zupke,, "Huntington Beach Open has international flair with Dutch and Brazalian pairs digging wins," 7 May 2018 Gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan, the defending world champion, has an ankle injury, and bronze medalist Javier Fernandez of Spain, the world champ in 2016 and 2015, decided to skip the competition. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Back on a world stage, Girdwood figure skater Messing continues to shine," 22 Mar. 2018 The United States won gold medals in 2012 and 2014 and took bronze in 2016. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Hebard off to good start at 3-on-3 world basketball championships," 9 June 2018 Monument, Honey Baby, and Little Tart earned silver medals, while Empty Barrel took a bronze. Ellen Albanese,, "Where better to enjoy a local craft cider than the Cape?," 6 June 2018 Adrian Garcia, who competed in the individual competition, took bronze. Laura Groch,, "North County School News, May 31," 31 May 2018 This Sawyer Yards brewery took bronze for its Extra Special Bitter in last year's Great American Beer Festival competition. Ronnie Crocker, Houston Chronicle, "A baker's dozen Houston breweries to try," 10 May 2018

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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 Bronze Age

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The first known use of bronze was in 1645

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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


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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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