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

  • n. Any of various alloys of copper and tin in various proportions, sometimes with traces of other metals.
  • n. Any of various alloys of copper, with or without tin, and antimony, phosphorus, or other components.
  • n. A work of art made of one of these alloys.
  • n. A medal made of bronze awarded to one placing third in a competition, as in the Olympics.
  • n. A moderate yellowish to olive brown.
  • n. A pigment of this color.
  • adj. Made of or consisting of bronze.
  • adj. Of a moderate yellowish to olive brown.
  • transitive v. To give the color or appearance of bronze to.
  • transitive v. To make brown by exposure to the sun; tan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A natural or man-made alloy of copper, usually of tin, but also with one or more other metals.
  • n. A reddish-brown colour, the colour of bronze.
  • n. A work of art made of bronze, especially a sculpture.
  • n. A bronze medal
  • adj. Made of bronze metal.
  • adj. Having a reddish-brown colour.
  • adj. Tanned; darkened as a result of exposure to the sun.
  • v. To plate with bronze.
  • v. To color bronze.
  • v. To change to a bronze or tan colour due to exposure to the sun.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An alloy of copper and tin, to which small proportions of other metals, especially zinc, are sometimes added. It is hard and sonorous, and is used for statues, bells, cannon, etc., the proportions of the ingredients being varied to suit the particular purposes. The varieties containing the higher proportions of tin are brittle, as in bell metal and speculum metal.
  • n. A statue, bust, etc., cast in bronze.
  • n. A yellowish or reddish brown, the color of bronze; also, a pigment or powder for imitating bronze.
  • n. Boldness; impudence; “brass.”
  • transitive v. To give an appearance of bronze to, by a coating of bronze powder, or by other means; to make of the color of bronze.
  • transitive v. To make hard or unfeeling; to brazen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An alloy of which copper forms the predominating portion, and into the composition of which tin almost always enters: but the name is also given to alloys containing no tin.
  • n. A work of art, as a statuette, bust, or model, composed of bronze, whether cast or wrought.
  • n. A brown pigment or coloring substance resembling bronze; bronze-powder.
  • n. Boldness; impudence; brass.
  • Made of or resembling bronze: as, a bronze statue.
  • Characterized by the use of bronze: as, the bronze age.
  • To make brown or of the color of bronze, as by exposure to the sun.
  • To give the color or appearance of bronze to, as by applying copper-dust or -leaf to the surface, etc.
  • To harden or make like bronze; hence, figuratively, to make hard or unfeeling.

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

  • v. give the color and appearance of bronze to something
  • n. an alloy of copper and tin and sometimes other elements; also any copper-base alloy containing other elements in place of tin
  • v. get a tan, from wind or sun
  • adj. made from or consisting of bronze
  • adj. of the color of bronze
  • n. a sculpture made of bronze


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

French, from Italian bronzo.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

1730-40; from French bronze (1511), from Italian bronzo (13th cent.), either (1) from Byzantine Greek βροντησίον (brontēsíon) (11th cent.), presumably from Βρεντήσιον (Brentḗsion) ‘Brindisi’, known for the manufacture of bronze, or (2) ultimately from Persian برنج (birinj, biranj, "brass") ~ پرنگ (piring) ‘copper’.



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  • Perhaps ultimately from Persian birinj "copper"

    August 30, 2009