a phase of some human cultures, usually after a Stone Age and before an Iron Age, characterized by bronze tools and weapons, specif. such a phase in the Old World c. 3500-1000
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.
- (archaeology) 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.
- (mythology) One of the Classical Ages of Man, associated with warfare.