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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More IndyCar: Last year’s race, the first in the universal aero kit era, didn’t deliver quite as much carnage but still caught out a handful of drivers. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar wraps up grueling stretch with second half of Texas two-step," 5 June 2019 In today's era of teacher strikes and walkouts, the analysis answers a key question: Can educators in this area afford to live on their take-home pay? USA Today, "'Can't pay their bills with love': For many teaching jobs, teachers' pay can't cover rent," 5 June 2019 In the Trump era, surrogacy has become a kind of symbol for patriarchal oppression. Nora Caplan-bricker, The New Republic, "Choose Your Own Family," 4 June 2019 With the first year of the Joel Quenneville era beginning to take shape, the Florida Panthers have put the finishing touches on their coaching staff. Brett Shweky, sun-sentinel.com, "Panthers’ new coach Quenneville fills out his coaching staff (and you might recognize some names)," 4 June 2019 From the era of powerhouse, long-haired blondes that tore up the airwaves, one of the most memorable names is Sebastian Bach, and not only because the singer’s nom de guerre piggybacks on a classical titan. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Sebastian Bach brings Skid Row to Orlando," 4 June 2019 It’s built on a timeline showing the events and people who had major influences on the era, from Jackie Kennedy and Aubrey Hepburn in the early ’60s to the Vietnam War and the counterculture movement later in the decade. al.com, "Days of Future Past: Mobile exhibitions loop time," 4 June 2019 The electric powertrain, which will feature all-wheel drive, is being jointly developed with Williams Advanced Engineering, meaning two of the most famous names from the golden era of Formula 1 are now working together. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "The Lotus Type 130 Is a Lean, Mean Electric Hypercar Debuting on July 16," 31 May 2019 For beaches, try Portoroz, or Port of Roses, a Belle Epoque-era resort town on the edge of the Mediterranean, known for its lively nightlife and casinos. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in July," 29 May 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

noun

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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