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

  • n. A period of human culture between the Stone Age and the Iron Age, characterized by the use of weapons and implements made of bronze. See Usage Note at Three Age system.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A period in a civilization's development when the most advanced metalworking has developed the techniques of smelting copper from natural outcroppings and alloys it to cast bronze.
  • proper n. One of the Classical Ages of Man, associated with warfare.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an age of the world which followed the stone age, and was characterized by the use of implements and ornaments of copper or bronze.

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

  • n. (classical mythology) the third age of the world, marked by war and violence
  • n. (archeology) a period between the Stone and Iron Ages, characterized by the manufacture and use of bronze tools and weapons


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  • Twelve months earlier, John had found an exquisite Bronze Age axe-head and several bronze buttons at the same spot and felt a strong hunch there was something very special about this particular patch of the enormous beach.


  • Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age — some Roman things, of course — Saxon, a mediaeval pot or two — it was not rubbish — nearly so, not quite.

    St Peter's Finger

  • This boy afterwards became Assistant Keeper in the Department of Archaeology in the University Museum at Padmancaster, and wrote a standard work on Bronze Age Survivals in Britain.

    The Dancing Druids

  • It comes from the Bronze Age of tractors, a beautiful, cumbersome, elaborate machine, all flywheels and pulleys, with a rude grey bulbous bonnet, a stout chimney of beaten tin and an office typist’s chair adapted as the driving seat.


  • Bones of a Bronze Age warrior, unearthed in Skyros by Cimon, were unhesitatingly hailed as Theseus 'on the strength of their size alone.

    The King Must Die


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