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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In the modern era, women like Eleanor Roosevelt and Jacqueline Kennedy evolved the role further. Michelle Garcia, Glamour, "The First Lady Has a Huge Job. It’s Time She Had a Salary to Match," 3 Apr. 2019 In April of last year, President Trump signed what looked like a feel-good bipartisan bill in an era of congressional gridlock. Teen Vogue, "The 2020 Democratic Candidates Who Voted in Favor of SESTA/FOSTA," 2 Apr. 2019 Huffington Post more closely identifies the era as around 1910. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Everything to Know About 'When Calls the Heart' Season 6," 17 Feb. 2019 As with virtually every high court nominee in the modern era, Kavanaugh has assiduously avoided taking positions on issues that could come before him as a justice or other current-events controversies, often to the chagrin of the minority party. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Kavanaugh questioning enters final stretch, as Dems seem to lay traps," 6 Sep. 2018 What historical era produced the greatest aggregate of human intelligence? Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "‘The Club’ Review: ‘An Assembly of Good Fellows’," 22 Mar. 2019 Patches, as free and minor updates are called, became a valuable tool for smoothing out glitches that, in a previous era, would hamstring games for eternity. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Google's 'Stadia' Is the Latest Attack in the War on Games You Can Actually Own," 19 Mar. 2019 Following on from Rising Storm’s World War II and the sequel’s Vietnam War, ’83 is set in an alt-history Cold War era where war erupted between the USA and USSR. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Borderlands 3 teased for PAX East, Dwarf Fortress is coming to Steam," 15 Mar. 2019 In the #MeToo and #TimesUp era, many people have understandably decided to revisit some of the hallmark Disney movies and the princesses that star in them. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Voice Actress Jodi Benson on Being Ariel and Three Decades of Feminist Princesses," 27 Feb. 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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