\ ˈer-ə How to pronounce era (audio) , ˈe-rə, ˈir-ə How to pronounce era (audio) \

Definition of era

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1a : a fixed point in time from which a series of years is reckoned
b : a memorable or important date or event especially : one that begins a new period in the history of a person or thing
2 : a system of chronological notation computed from a given date as basis
3a : a period identified by some prominent figure or characteristic feature the era of the horse and buggy
b : a stage in development (as of a person or thing)
c : a large division of geologic time usually shorter than an eon Paleozoic era

Definition of ERA (Entry 2 of 2)

1 earned run average
2 Equal Rights Amendment

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Synonyms for era

Synonyms: Noun

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period, epoch, era, age mean a division of time. period may designate an extent of time of any length. periods of economic prosperity epoch applies to a period begun or set off by some significant or striking quality, change, or series of events. the steam engine marked a new epoch in industry era suggests a period of history marked by a new or distinct order of things. the era of global communications age is used frequently of a fairly definite period dominated by a prominent figure or feature. the age of Samuel Johnson

Examples of era in a Sentence

Noun the era of the horse and buggy We're just now entering an era of great prosperity. His death marks the end of an era.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As the highly digital era continues to break down the barriers between celebs and audiences, Oseary is keen on ways to streamline those channels of communication. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, "You Can Learn How to Perform Directly From Madonna, Now," 4 May 2021 Despite the Browns’ early years as a dynasty, those three plays have dominated the franchise’s legacy during the Super Bowl era. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns 101: What 2021 rookies (and others) should know about the team," 4 May 2021 Roth translated his feelings of victimization at Bloom’s hands into a tale of HUAC-era paranoia and persecution, in which Murray Ringold is one of the martyrs. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, "The Allegations Against Blake Bailey and the Shock of the Familiar," 4 May 2021 The combined company would still be one of the smallest Class 1 railroads in North America under either scenario and would be the most expensive large rail acquisition of the current era in terms of earnings multiple. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "This Rail Merger Could Become Quite Expensive," 4 May 2021 Officials have highlighted the issue of house parties previously in the pandemic era., "Boston city councilors propose big fines for house parties that violate COVID-19 protocols," 4 May 2021 States first turned to for-profit companies to mine foster children for cash during the Reagan era. Anchorage Daily News, "These foster youths say the state of Alaska pocketed thousands of dollars that belonged to them," 4 May 2021 African Europeans: An Untold History, which was published in the U.K. in October and in the U.S. on Tuesday, traces the presence of people of African descent in Europe from as early as the era of the Roman Empire up to the present day. Suyin Haynes, Time, "Why the First Black Woman to Be a History Professor in the U.K. Sees Her New Book African Europeans as a 'Call to Arms'," 4 May 2021 The tax proposal would have raised tariffs on some everyday goods and services, while keeping in place pandemic-era cash subsidies intended to help struggling people. New York Times, "In Colombia, 19 Are Killed in Pandemic-Related Protests," 3 May 2021

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First Known Use of era


1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for era


Late Latin aera, from Latin, counters, plural of aer-, aes copper, money — more at ore

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7 May 2021

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“Era.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of era

: a period of time that is associated with a particular quality, event, person, etc.


\ ˈer-ə How to pronounce era (audio) , ˈir-ə \

Kids Definition of era

1 : a period of time starting from some special date or event or known for a certain feature the computer era
2 : an important period of history the colonial era

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