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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Through all that time, the Cardinals haven't enjoyed a lot of success, but the team has a legacy of great players spanning the Chicago, St. Louis and current Arizona eras. azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals' Top 100 players of all-time," 14 Aug. 2019 The Sunday Times reports the next installment will cover the era when Harold Wilson was prime minister (1964 to 1970, and 1970 to 1976). Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Everything We Know So Far About The Crown Season 3," 14 Aug. 2019 Archaeologists have found remains from the Roman and Byzantine eras at the site, as well as evidence of the sack of Jerusalem during the First Crusade. Fox News, "Ancient arrowheads from the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem discovered," 13 Aug. 2019 Good Boys is half-rooted in the frank, sometimes gross, sometimes biting comedy of the Judd Apatow era. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Good Boys Is a Raunchy but Sweet Comedy," 12 Aug. 2019 This era of Trumpian polarization is a result of an ongoing cultural cataclysm, not the cause of it. Kayla Bartsch, National Review, "Marianne Williamson Offers Priestly Wisdom for a Nation Adrift — Seriously," 12 Aug. 2019 The Norris Taff era in Cleveland is officially underway. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Taff era in Cleveland is underway," 10 Aug. 2019 Leon Brown was the previous owner of the largest offensive guard title of the Saban era when injuries forced him into a starting job in 2014. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "The challenge of being a 6-7 offensive guard," 9 Aug. 2019 Paguei um pouco mais de 100 dólares no ingresso, era perto do palco. Ricky Pinela, orlandosentinel.com, "The Jonas Brothers’ triumphant return to Orlando," 9 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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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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