Definition of bronze in English:

bronze

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Pronunciation: /brɒnz
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1A yellowish-brown alloy of copper with up to one-third tin: the Minoans made large numbers of statuettes in ivory and bronze [as modifier]: a bronze statue
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  • During the fifth century BC the Athenians introduced the third and more lowly currency metal: bronze, an alloy of copper and tin.
  • He described the ratios between the densities of gold, mercury, lead, silver, bronze, copper, brass, iron, and tin.
  • A century ago, before stainless steel was widely available, winery equipment was often made of iron, copper, or bronze, an alloy of copper and tin.
1.1 [count noun] A sculpture or other object made of bronze: on the black bookcase were three exquisite bronzes
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  • They house an esthetic potpourri of modern painting and Ming sculpture, Luristan bronzes and mobiles by Alexander Calder, furniture by Marcel Breuer and reliefs by Jean Arp.
  • With the assistance of Duveen, Frick formed a notable collection of Italian sculpture - bronzes by among others Pollaiuolo, Vecchietta, and Riccio, and a rare marble Bust of a Lady by Laurana.
  • The piece recalls both an early Cubist still-life sculpture by Picasso and a Futurist bronze by Boccioni.
1.2 [count noun] short for bronze medal.
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  • A string of unexpected Olympic successes - Greece has picked up two gold medals and a bronze so far - has helped to assuage national pride.
  • Australia - who are desperate to add a gold to their haul of three Olympic silvers and three bronzes - battled hard but came up against rock solid defence which only allowed one of their 14 goal attempts into the net.
  • Westbrook is also the last U.S. fencer to win an Olympic medal: a bronze in 1984.
Synonyms
1.3A yellowish-brown colour: rich, gleaming shades of bronze
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  • Hours later my legs were a beautiful, rich shade of bronze - this colour is good.
  • His clothes were of colours ever shifting between bronze, silver and gold and it seemed to shine without reflecting the sunlight.
  • The heads would be coloured bronze, said Mr Malkin, who has smaller public works of art already under his belt.

verb

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1Make (a person or part of the body) suntanned: Alison was bronzed by outdoor life
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  • Before the Industrial Revolution and the invention of suntan lotions, bronzed bodies belonged to the working class.
  • I've got Richard Glover on the radio, a gentle sea breeze blowing in from the south and the sun bronzing me up due west.
  • He's fair-skinned and gawky while I'm bronzed and supremely athletic.
Synonyms
2Give (something) a surface of bronze or something resembling bronze: the doors were bronzed with sculpted reliefs
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  • It was intended to be bronzed and auctioned for charity, but after it was made, the deal fell through, leaving Aden with a life-size sculpture of the Queen Mother on his hands.
  • I also concluded that it was pointless to try and convince anyone else of this; that those who had an opinion had already had it bronzed and placed on the mantel.
  • Someone at the VA hospital in Washington found the thing and had it bronzed after Cleland became famous.

Origin

mid 17th century (as a verb): from French bronze (noun), bronzer (verb), from Italian bronzo, probably from Persian birinj 'brass'.

Derivatives

bronzy

adjective
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  • A third variety of this species, Clematis montana ‘Rubens’, is growing through Jasminum officinale and it is my favourite with dark bronzy red leaves and deep pink flowers.
  • Peachy tones look great on most complexions (or dab a bronzy shade on eyelids, cheekbones and lips), while a frosty white tone adds instant sexiness to darker complexions.
  • There's also a large bronzy image of Buddha seated in meditation and ornate hooded archways, and sunny colours abound.

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