\ 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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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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Stevens pointed to some state declarations of rights during the founding era that used similar phrasing to more specifically refer to militia service, as well as some that used different language when focusing on private firearm ownership. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "When John Paul Stevens Eviscerated Antonin Scalia," 17 July 2019 Zang still remembers the poverty left by Mao’s era. Rong Xiaoqing, National Review, "The Rise of the Chinese-American Right," 17 July 2019 Navratilova also won a singles match in the first round of Wimbledon in 2004 at age 47 — making her the oldest player to win a Grand Slam singles match in the open era. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Top 16 athletes over 35 of all-time: From Tom Brady to Serena Williams to Gordie Howe," 17 July 2019 HINGHAM South Shore Conservatory’s jazz, rock, and pop music faculty, joined by alumni and local music educators, will perform a big band concert featuring favorites from the Duke Ellington and Count Basie era. Robert Knox,, "South Calendar: What’s happening this week," 17 July 2019 Around the dawn of the Premier League era, Leeds secured their first Premier League win over the Red Devils in September 1994., "5 Classic Clashes Between Manchester United & Leeds Ahead of Wednesday's Pre-Season Friendly," 17 July 2019 Get our daily newsletter What rules there are largely date from the cold-war era. The Economist, "Space law is inadequate for the boom in human activity there," 17 July 2019 Like most public broadcasting outlets, Zachary said, Milwaukee PBS — which includes now WMVS-TV (Channel 10), WMVT-TV (Channel 36) and several digital subchannels including World and PBS Kids — was formed during a different era of broadcasting. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee PBS: More programs, big role in Democratic National Convention coverage, but dropping TV auction," 16 July 2019 At the one-story restaurant, Nobie's, located in a 1930's era house in Montrose, chef and owner Martin Stayer takes the music selection seriously. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Music playlists revealed for notable Houston restaurants," 16 July 2019

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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.


\ 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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