from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The period in cultural development succeeding the Bronze Age in Asia, Europe, and Africa, characterized by the introduction of iron metallurgy. In Europe it began around the eighth century B.C. See Usage Note at Three Age system.

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  • proper n. A level of culture in which Man used iron and the technology of iron production. (Estimated to have begun in Europe about 1100 BCE)
  • proper n. The most recent and debased of the four or five classical Ages of Man.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. That stage in the development of any people characterized by the use of iron implements in the place of the more cumbrous stone and bronze.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (classical mythology) the last and worst age of the world
  • n. (archeology) the period following the Bronze Age; characterized by rapid spread of iron tools and weapons


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