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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 Nevertheless, all aircraft of the era required a delicate touch. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "A Pilot’s Son Takes Flight," 17 Oct. 2020 End of an era: The Soyuz rocket departed for the international space station Wednesday on a historic final U.S.-Russian flight. NBC News, "Amy Coney Barrett says she's not a 'pawn,' NBC News to host town hall with Trump and a closer look at gifted education," 14 Oct. 2020 Some policy experts even say his tenure could be one of those rare end-of-an-era presidencies in which a leader has a foot in the past as well as in the future. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, "In the Trump economy, echoes of Hoover and Carter?," 7 Oct. 2020 Amid all this, Glenn emerges as the popular ideal of the era, a straight-arrow who loves his family, goes to church and doesn’t indulge in the more questionable behavior of some of his fellow astronauts. oregonlive, "‘The Right Stuff’: Series inspired by Mercury Seven astronauts is fine, but doesn’t really take off (review)," 6 Oct. 2020 Western powers: Meanwhile, across the country, there may be a passing of the era in AL West supremacy. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "5 storylines for Rangers fans to watch in ALDS, NLDS, including Clayton Kershaw’s homecoming," 5 Oct. 2020 Irrespective of the era, there are few more destructive ideas than Court-packing, and none so keenly in need of ubiquitous condemnation. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, "Court-Packing Would Be the Biggest Scandal in Decades," 5 Oct. 2020 But this is where the industry is at right now—the beginning of an era. Sharon Carty, Car and Driver, "Cars Are Out: Welcome to the Motorbovine Era," 3 Oct. 2020 To have the Minnesota iron mining industry’s biggest merchant supplier turn itself into a steelmaker could be seen as the end of an era here, except for what has been happening with another company, U.S. Steel Corp. Star Tribune, "It would be nice to say the latest big deal in steel is good for Minnesota," 2 Oct. 2020

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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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21 Oct 2020

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“Era.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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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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