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

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some members of the Little Rock Nine reflected on the advances the U.S. has made in civil rights since the desegregation era. Will Langhorne, Arkansas Online, 26 Sep. 2022 The charge under the Societies Ordinance, a century-old colonial-era law, carries a fine of up to HK$10,000 (US$1,274) but not jail time. Kathleen Magramo, CNN, 26 Sep. 2022 It’s also the era that’s had the heaviest influence on Rodrigo’s signature grunge-glamour aesthetic, which was out in full force for the evening. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 26 Sep. 2022 The passage of Senate Bill 11 removed some archaic Prohibition-era laws to allow distilleries to open bars and restaurants to serve cocktails on site. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 26 Sep. 2022 Don a pinstripe suit and tie to really capture her look. Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley in Bridgerton Live out your Bridgerton fantasy with this Anthony and Kate couples costume by donning some Regency era outfits. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 26 Sep. 2022 Solomun started mixing in the vinyl era, when d.j.s lugged boxes of records to their events. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, 26 Sep. 2022 In an era where more and more college coaches are relying on the transfer portal for key recruits, UCLA baseball coach John Savage is sticking what works for him: recruiting top high school players from Southern California. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2022 The Trump era will end horribly for him and his gruesome family. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 26 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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“Era.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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\ 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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