\ 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 Yeah, expansion-era teal would have made this sweet. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 28 July 2021 The British feature gold and silver medalists from the 200-meter freestyle, Tom Dean and Duncan Scott, and could challenge the world record of 6:58.55 set by the United States in 2009 during the supersuit era. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 28 July 2021 With many pandemic-era assistance programs set to expire by the end of the summer, this growing population of Covid long-haulers faces an especially uncertain future. Karina Piser, The New Republic, 27 July 2021 His catalogue stretches back to an era when DJs looking to spice up their sets would come to his home in Daveyton, a township east of Johannesburg, to collect his unreleased songs to play out in their sets. Billboard, 27 July 2021 That essentially forces the Packers to trade Rodgers ahead of the 2022 season and use the bounty to jump-start the Jordan Love era. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, 27 July 2021 Not only was Paul Robeson — another great athlete of that first wave era — reduced to an Orwellian nonperson for all practical purposes. Washington Post, 27 July 2021 Funding could come from repurposing COVID relief aid, reversing a Trump-era pharmaceutical rebate and other streams. Lisa Mascaro,, 27 July 2021 Still, White House press secretary Jen Psaki appeared to allude to Trump-era tensions on Monday. Katie Bo Williams, CNN, 27 July 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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“Era.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 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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