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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President Trump called for the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates by 1 percentage point and resume its crisis-era bond-buying program to stimulate economic growth. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Trump Repeats Calls for Fed to Stimulate Growth," 30 Apr. 2019 On the heels of the popular and critical success of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, husband-and-wife showrunners Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino have set their sights on another midcentury-era world. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Creators to Develop Ninth Street Women Into a TV Show," 25 Apr. 2019 The title was the license plate for her Porsche at the beginning of the Legally Blonde tribute in her aughts-era movie montage. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The True Story Behind Ariana Grande's New Hit, "7 Rings"," 18 Jan. 2019 These are the worlds of modern-era Batman, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and so many other contemporary pop culture properties — universes in which cruelty is a given and social systems are destined to betray or disappoint. Aja Romano, Vox, "In the era of Trump and apocalyptic change, Hopepunk is a storytelling template for #resistance — and hanging onto your humanity at all costs.," 27 Dec. 2018 Your editorship has coincided with the #MeToo era in Hollywood. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Vanity Fair helped create ‘the celebrity industrial complex.’ VF Editor Radhika Jones wants to investigate it.," 4 Oct. 2018 Wargaming officials said submersibles will be added as the permanent 5th class of vessels alongside World War II-era battleships, cruisers, destroyers, and aircraft carriers. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "World of Warships dives deep for new players, adding submarines to popular naval combat game," 18 Sep. 2018 And speaking of the Old Republic era, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy dropped some tantalizing info at the recent Star Wars Celebration. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Lego Star Wars returns, Ubisoft gives away Assassin's Creed: Unity after Notre Dame fire," 15 Apr. 2019 Sure, she's rocked the Umbrella-era pixie cut and occasional bob. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Rihanna's Cornrows Are Giving Fans (and Me) Life," 13 Mar. 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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