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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Patriots have defied the NFL’s predetermined parity during the illustrious Tom Brady-Belichick era. Christopher L. Gasper, BostonGlobe.com, "The Lions in the Super Bowl, a .400 hitter in a season, and other sports dreams I’d like to see become reality," 14 July 2018 But even in the Harry S. Truman era, the San Francisco NIMBYs were loud and plentiful. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "SF almost had a Sutro Drive-In in 1950, and more local outdoor movie history," 13 July 2018 On the flip side, as the big man era has faded, Howard has been passed around the league. Candace Buckner, Houston Chronicle, "Ex-Rocket Dwight Howard officially signs with Wizards," 13 July 2018 Eight of Poland’s 84 active Supreme Court judges—55 after subtracting those facing dismissal—tried cases during Poland’s Communist era of military rule, local private broadcaster TVN found, referencing historical archives. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "Poland Steps Up Supreme Court Purge," 13 July 2018 Twenty years ago a Democratic president declared that the era of big government was over. The Economist, "Fork in the roadShould the party move to the left or to the centre?," 12 July 2018 Remember, this was an era when many of us spent far too much time in our bedrooms reading liner notes, convinced that the rock gods had all the answers. Chuck Darrow, Philly.com, "Why are Philadelphians so obsessed with the band Yes?," 12 July 2018 Archaeologists discovered the mass grave, which dates to the Linearbandkeramik (LBK, or Linear Pottery) era, in Halberstadt, Germany, in 2013, roughly 7,000 years after its inhabitants met their demise. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "7,000-Year-Old German Grave Shows New Side of Neolithic Brutality," 11 July 2018 But postseason success has often eluded Lawrence North since the Greg Oden-Mike Conley era. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Talented core hopes to put Lawrence North basketball back on top," 11 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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