\ 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

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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

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Of the past decade’s 405 cases filed against journalists under a colonial-era sedition law, all but a few have been registered since Modi took office. Jonah Blank, The Atlantic, 10 June 2021 Congress passed legislation that sought to restore the home in Lee’s honor in 1925, during the Jim Crow era. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 June 2021 In an entertainment era when the passage of time seems to be measured in Marvel release dates, the studio’s streaming TV shows have kept things moving since its last multiplex releases two years ago. John Jurgensen, WSJ, 9 June 2021 When the Jonas Brothers did their pandemic-era online show for the tech company Lenovo, fans could request songs by online vote, and also submit visual-effect designs. Samantha Hissong, Rolling Stone, 9 June 2021 For movie lovers who grew up in the blockbuster era, there's no more iconic filmmaker than Steven Spielberg. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 9 June 2021 Invoking a bygone era, this handsome example has nonetheless held its own among a field of more contemporary and muscular sports cars. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 9 June 2021 The pandemic-era shifts that sent more people online for their groceries, work, school and health care have heightened the potential for broad shutdowns to do real-world harm. Washington Post, 9 June 2021 The summit is the first gathering of leaders of the world’s largest economies in nearly two years and the first of the post-Donald Trump era. USA Today, 9 June 2021

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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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12 Jun 2021

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“Era.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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