\ ˈer-ə How to pronounce era (audio) , ˈe-rə, ˈir-ə How to pronounce era (audio) \

Definition of era

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun These teams played some great games in the Jim Tressel era. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 8 Aug. 2022 But those networks have met a tough match in the covid era, when shortages on the other side of the world can hold up just about anything. Washington Post, 8 Aug. 2022 Baidu, which operated China’s largest search engine, is transitioning to artificial intelligence and self-driving cars after its core advertising revenue shrank in the mobile era. Zheping Huang,, 7 Aug. 2022 The experiences of Black community members in the colonial era have often been left out, said Connie Harshaw, the president of the Let Freedom Ring Foundation, dedicated to preserving the church's history. Jacquelyne Germain, CNN, 7 Aug. 2022 What might the next era of drug trafficking look like? Jim Crotty, STAT, 7 Aug. 2022 Yu also adds although production prep took place during the Trump presidency, the sketch was set in the Obama era. Tyler Coates, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Aug. 2022 The first generation to grow up with social media in the mobile web era, Millennials are now becoming the first generation to subsequently age out of it, stuck parroting the hallmarks of a bygone digital age. Kate Lindsay, The Atlantic, 6 Aug. 2022 Some of us, particularly millennials raised on Borders and Barnes & Noble and coming of age in the Amazon era, might never have even known such a place. Max Norman, The New Yorker, 6 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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“Era.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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\ 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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