noun, often capitalized
dream·​time | \ ˈdrēm-ˌtīm How to pronounce dreamtime (audio) \

Definition of dreamtime

: the time of creation in the mythology of the Australian aborigines

Examples of dreamtime in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Can the World’s Strangest Mammal Survive?," 4 Feb. 2020 Yet this is a slightly different flavor than pure drift away, dreamtime escapism. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes January 15-21," 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, "Dunkirk Manages to Make War Boring," 25 July 2017 Often my dreamtime recipes come out somewhat better than my waking recipes. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Snooze you can use: Sleep is important, so dreams must be, too, right?," 12 July 2017

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First Known Use of dreamtime

1896, in the meaning defined above

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“Dreamtime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dreamtime. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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