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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 McComb enters the program under the COVID-19 era and hasn’t been able to see the girls in person yet. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Summer Creek Bulldogs new lady’s soccer coach brings wealth of experience," 20 June 2020 In India the emphasis on colonial-era etiquette for trainees has waned as the civil service has become more inclusive. The Economist, "Manners maketh district commissioners In the bureaucracies of Bangladesh and Pakistan, the Raj lives on," 20 June 2020 The last person to receive a Civil War-era pension died in North Carolina last month, according to reports. Fox News, "Discovery of Civil War map sheds new light on Antietam’s bloody aftermath," 20 June 2020 As New York City looks to reinvent itself for the post-pandemic era, lower Manhattan offers a few lessons on how to recover from disaster. Kate King, WSJ, "Lower Manhattan Offers Clues on How to Live Post-Pandemic," 20 June 2020 But some experts say a culture of domestic violence is deep-rooted in South Africa's apartheid era where women and children faced high levels of violence and that criminal justice and policing systems alone cannot fix the problems. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "South Africa has the continent's highest Covid-19 cases. Now it has another pandemic on its hands," 19 June 2020 The survivors of the massacre were forced into silence through fear-mongering and white supremacy tactics that persisted throughout the Jim Crow era—like public lynchings. Tiffany Crutcher, Time, "‘We’re Still Not Free.’ A Descendant of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre on President Trump’s Decision to Hold a Rally on Juneteenth Weekend in Tulsa," 19 June 2020 Ever since both countries regained independence in 1991, a legacy of the Soviet era has challenged them: tensions between the ethnic Latvian and Estonian majorities and their Russophile countrymen. Gordon F. Sander, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘The pandemic has united us’: A media divide fades in the Baltics," 18 June 2020 Analysts began to wonder if American politics had entered a post-partisan era. Lee Drutman, The New Republic, "How Democracy Dies at the Ballot Box," 18 June 2020

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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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23 Jun 2020

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“Era.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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