dreamtime

noun

dream·​time ˈdrēm-ˌtīm How to pronounce dreamtime (audio)
often capitalized
: the time of creation in the mythology of the Australian aborigines

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And while Tatch recommends no less than 7 hours of sleep, my actual dreamtime was a lot worse than what those numbers imply. Dave Johnson, Forbes, 5 May 2021 An Aboriginal dreamtime story about the platypus (one indigenous name for the animal is Dharragarra) explains its origin as the product of a courtship between a water rat and a duck. Helen Sullivan, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2020 Yet this is a slightly different flavor than pure drift away, dreamtime escapism. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, 5 Apr. 2018 Then there was the fractured dreamtime of 2010’s Inception and the space-travel distortions of Interstellar, both movies that resolve into heartwarming family reunions. Christian Lorentzen, New Republic, 25 July 2017 Often my dreamtime recipes come out somewhat better than my waking recipes. John Kelly, Washington Post, 12 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dreamtime was in 1896

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Cite this Entry

“Dreamtime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dreamtime. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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