\ˈer-ə, ˈe-rə, ˈir-ə \

Definition of era 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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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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


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

In this era, plenty of people echo Arthur’s assertion, that free hours become a waste of time. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "Clocking Out," 11 July 2018 During this era, female artists were encouraged to pursue portrait or still life, which could be created in the home, rather than landscapes or plein air, which would require them to go outside. Susan Dunne,, "'Two Lives, One Passion' At Springfield Museums," 7 July 2018 This line of thinking becomes a problem in this post-truth era when the president actively attempts to discredit legitimate news-gathering organizations and facts are constantly being assailed by the powerful. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "The gospel of Elon Musk, according to his flock," 26 June 2018 This era of tumult has left Democrats energized and determined to win back Congress and act as a check on Trump, and their intensity has been reflected by strong turnouts in the primaries. Jeremy W. Peters, Anchorage Daily News, "Numb to outrage, Republican voters feel a deepening bond to Trump," 24 June 2018 Georgia was a pivotal recruiting state for much of the Rich Brooks and Joker Philips eras at Kentucky, but Mark Stoops’ staff has shifted the emphasis to Ohio since taking over in 2013. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "UK football finds success recruiting Georgia, deep south in 2019 class," 23 June 2018 Those beginnings extend to Blac Rabbit, which has more in common with the Fab Four’s psychedelic era. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "8 buzzworthy concerts coming to Charlotte in the next week," 21 June 2018 Visitors can observe hopeful ribbon winners exhibiting their flowers, pies and jams and showing their livestock and curiosities of the era. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Civil War Days event in Lake County shows many sides of the 1860s experience," 20 June 2018 The crumbling, iconic facade was crafted by master masons of the Spanish colonial era. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Second Alamo meeting draws larger, quieter crowd — and more criticism," 19 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of era

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


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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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