1730-40; from French bronze (1511), from Italian bronzo (13th cent. Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /bɹɒnz/
  • (America) IPA: /bɹɑnz/


  1. (uncountable) A naturally occurring or man-made alloy of copper, usually in combination with tin, but also with one or more other metals.
  2. (countable and uncountable) A reddish-brown colour, the colour of bronze.
  3. (countable) A work of art made of bronze, especially a sculpture.
  4. A bronze medal.
  5. Boldness; impudence; brass.
    • 1728, [Alexander Pope], “(please specify )”, in The Dunciad. An Heroic Poem. In Three Books, Dublin; London: Reprinted for A. Dodd, OCLC 1033416756 ↗:
Translations Translations Adjective


  1. Made of bronze metal.
    Synonyms: bronzen
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter I, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      The house was a big elaborate limestone affair, evidently new. Winter sunshine sparkled on lace-hung casement, on glass marquise, and the burnished bronze foliations of grille and door.
  2. Having a reddish-brown colour.
  3. (of the skin) Tanned; darkened as a result of exposure to the sun.
  • German: bronzen
  • Italian: bronzeo
  • Portuguese: brônzeo
  • Russian: бро́нзовый
  • Spanish: brónceo, éneo
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bronze (bronzes, present participle bronzing; past and past participle bronzed)

  1. (transitive) To plate with bronze.
    My mother bronzed my first pair of baby shoes.
  2. (transitive) To color bronze; (of the sun) to tan.
    • 1925, DuBose Heyward, Porgy, London: Jonathan Cape, Part IV, p. 137,
      The sun was so low that its level rays shot through the tunnels of the forest and bronzed its ceiling of woven leaves when Bess returned to the clearing.
    • 1961, Freya Stark, Dust in the Lion's Paw: Autobiography 1939-1946, New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Chapter 8, p. 122,
      North is the bay of Acre, lovely in shape, and, far, far beyond, the cloudy vision of Hermon, its huge landscape now only attainable with a police pass—beautifully solitary except for good-looking young men of the police patrols, all fit and bronzed.
  3. (intransitive, of the skin) To change to a bronze or tan colour due to exposure to the sun.
    • 2006, Melissa Lassor, "Out of Darkness", page 124 in Watching Time
      His skin began to bronze as he worked in our garden each day.
  4. (transitive) To make hard or unfeeling; to brazen.
    • 1815 February 23, [Walter Scott], Guy Mannering; or, The Astrologer. [...] In Three Volumes, volume (please specify ), Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, […]; and Archibald Constable and Co., […], OCLC 742335644 ↗:
  • Spanish: pavonar
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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