era

noun
\ ˈer-ə, ˈe-rə, ˈir-ə \

Definition of era 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

age, day, epoch, period, time

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Noun

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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Still, corralling a large House majority has never been easy, and Democrats are ushering in the largest class since the Watergate era. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "Tops on House Dems to-do list: Try to end shutdown," 1 Jan. 2019 Meanwhile, on remote islands where hiking trails are peppered with Pre-Columbian era pottery and protected wildlife, new eco-resorts are finally putting Panama on the map for sustainable tourism. Julia Eskins, Vogue, "Why Panama is the Place to Go in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 While space matters again to American policy makers, the U.S. effort has lost its focus, having been underfunded since the Reagan era, according to Mr. Cheng. Trefor Moss, WSJ, "China Pushes for Primacy in Space," 31 Dec. 2018 The next neighborhood over is Galata, a Genoese colony back in the Byzantine and Ottoman eras. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 In the French Quarter, multi-story buildings are often outfitted with the same double gallery seen on rural homes, which were later enclosed with wrought iron during the Victorian era. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "A Look At French Colonial Architecture, The Star Style Of New Orleans," 21 Dec. 2018 But Dunn came to the Reds in one of the roughest eras in the club history: The Reds didn't have a winning record in any of Dunn’s eight years with the club. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "Reds Xtra: Adam Dunn happy to go in Reds HOF, but wishes he had title to go with plaque," 14 July 2018 There are hitmakers who created sounds that have defined the genre in a number of eras. Stereo Williams, Billboard, "Drake's 2018 Has Been Huge. But Is He the Biggest Rapper Ever?," 13 July 2018 But in a post-recession era that slayed many designers who reluctantly took on investors (Rucci comes to mind, again) classic hard-headedness is what probably saved Hian’s business. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "Welcome to Paula Hian's King of Prussia pop-up | Elizabeth Wellington," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of era

Noun

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for era

Noun

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

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era

noun

English Language Learners Definition of era

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

era

noun
\ ˈer-ə, 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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