Definition of era
1a : a fixed point in time from which a series of years is reckonedb : 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>
Examples of era in a sentence
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.
Origin and Etymology of era
Late Latin aera, from Latin, counters, plural of aer-, aes copper, money — more at ore
First Known Use: 1615
Synonym Discussion of era
Definition of ERA
1 earned run average
2 Equal Rights Amendment
ERA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of era for English Language Learners
: a period of time that is associated with a particular quality, event, person, etc.
ERA Defined for Kids
Definition of era for Students
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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