noun \ ˈer-ə , ˈe-rə , ˈir-ə \
Updated on: 17 Feb 2018

Definition of era

1 a : 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
3 a : 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

Examples of era in a Sentence

  1. the era of the horse and buggy

  2. We're just now entering an era of great prosperity.

  3. His death marks the end of an era.

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Origin and Etymology of era

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

era Synonyms


age, day, epoch, period, time;

Synonym Discussion of era

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

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Definition of ERA

1 earned run average
2 Equal Rights Amendment

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ERA Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of era for English Language Learners

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

ERA Defined for Kids


noun \ ˈer-ə , ˈir-ə \

Definition of era for Students

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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