era

noun
\ 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

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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These shifts have raised questions about how relevant expensive, occasional events are in an era when the way people shop and connect with brands has so drastically changed. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Do fashion weeks still have a purpose?," 7 Sep. 2019 The most private rooms, which were deemed least important during that era, would hold the oldest furnishings, while the main living space — the home’s showpiece — would be the most modern. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "A young designer transforms her three-bedroom East Boston fixer-upper," 5 Sep. 2019 His vision redefined fashion photography as a whole, ushering in an era of natural beauty captured in raw portraits that highlighted women in a new light. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Peter Lindbergh, Legendary Fashion Photographer, Dies at 74," 4 Sep. 2019 That era has been immortalized in Hong Kong cinema, such as the 1991 movie To Be Number One. Ilaria Maria Sala, Quartz, "Hong Kong is having flashbacks to the bad old days of police corruption and mafia ties," 1 Sep. 2019 The rise was made possible by charismatic intellectuals such as Milton Friedman, who in that era spotted the chance to nudge history in their preferred direction. The Economist, "When economists ruled the world," 31 Aug. 2019 One of them appeared to be Andrew Luck in the era of the Civil War. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Capt. Andrew Luck 'respectfully declines' to reveal identity," 26 Aug. 2019 Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati Enquirer PITTSBURGH – In an era when players are striking out more than ever, Reds shortstop José Iglesias stands out for his ability to hit well with two strikes. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds shortstop José Iglesias among best two-strike hitters in the league," 24 Aug. 2019 In turn, romantic ballads from that same era sweeten, if only deceivingly, several moments of brewing anger. Carlos Aguilar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Argentine white-collar crime drama ‘Rojo’ revels in 1970s corruption and style," 22 Aug. 2019

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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

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English Language Learners Definition of era

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

era

noun
\ 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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