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Alcheringa Line breaks: Al¦cher|inga
Pronunciation: /ˌaltʃəˈrɪŋɡə/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

(also Alchera ˈaltʃərə)

Definition of Alcheringa in English:


(In the mythology of some Australian Aborigines) the ‘golden age’ when the first ancestors were created. Also called Dreamtime.
Example sentences
  • 'Alcheringa' is an aboriginal word meaning "of the past", and the aim of this series was to show how Aborigines lived their traditional lifestyle.
  • Alcheringa is a word borrowed from the Aranda Aboriginal people of Central Australia. It means Place of Dreaming.
  • Alternative names for Aktjira in other Australian languages include Alchera (Arrernte), Alcheringa, Mura-mura (Dieri), and Tjukurpa (Pitjantjatjara).


Late 19th century: from Arrernte aljerre-nge 'in the Dreamtime'.

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