Definition of Dreamtime in English:



  • (in the mythology of some Australian Aboriginal peoples) the “golden age” when the first ancestors were created.

    ‘And I run a number of Dreamtime courses, and people say to me, ‘Why do you want to teach the Dreamtime to Whitefellas, or to non-Aboriginal people?’’
    • ‘I'm fascinated especially by the idea of the Aboriginal Dreamtime which, from what I gather, is the story of the world being dreamt into existence.’
    • ‘And our theory that the Australian aborigines had sailed and paddled in from India, during the Dreamtime of the last Ice Age, found confirmation in Canberra.’
    • ‘Stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime refer to giant animals, much bigger than today's.’
    • ‘This present political relevance of the Dreamtime helps to blur the distinction between past and present.’
    • ‘Since the Dreamtime, indigenous culture has been much more advanced than most anthropologists believe.’
    • ‘We stopped at the visitor center for a cup of coffee and a look at the displays, which were all to do with interpretations of the Dreamtime - the Aborigines' traditional conception of how the earth was formed and operates.’
    • ‘I really enjoy Paul Davies' books because they are well thought out, inclusive, you know in his book about time you get discussions of the Dreamtime, of different ways of thinking about time without that dismissive sort of tone.’
    • ‘Reminds me of the Dreamtime in Aboriginal culture, and other ‘spirit quest’ cultures, where historical time is mapped to landscape, and venturing out is tied to encountering one's ancestors.’
    • ‘On the Discovery Channel they said it had something to do with the Aborigine belief in the Dreamtime.’
    • ‘What the Arrente is, is not explored as far as I can ascertain, but we are given more information about Dreamtime: in most Aboriginal languages there are words referring to the Dreamtime.’
    • ‘So in 1,000 years time they'll look back on this period as being part of the Dreamtime, and I'm recording what's happening now for our future generations.’
    • ‘Graham wanted to create ‘instructional relationships which extend back to the Dreamtime and relate Aboriginal people to the land’.’
    • ‘His tribal ceremonies celebrated the events of the Dreamtime in song and dance and ritual.’
    • ‘Moreover, for the Aborigines, the whole idea of the Dreamtime presupposes a realm of existence quite outside the temporal order of the material world in which they live.’
    • ‘In the Dreamtime, every creation could transform into another, so that a wattle tree could become a water lily, the emu could become an egret, a desert could become a man or a woman.’
    • ‘In this untouched wonderland you come to believe that you are following in the tracks of the rainbow serpent, who is said to have gouged out the gorge in the Dreamtime.’
    • ‘The myths and legends of the Aboriginal people, including their accounts of the creation of the world, are known as the Dreamtime.’
    • ‘We are denying most of our children their cultural heritage, their knowledge of a Dreamtime that belongs to all Australians.’



/ˈdrēmˌtīm/ /ˈdrimˌtaɪm/