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

Essential Meaning of era

: a period of time that is associated with a particular quality, event, person, etc. the Victorian era the Christian era See More Examplesthe era of the horse and buggy We're just now entering an era of great prosperity. His death marks the end of an era.Hide

Full 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 In Karyn White's era, the important Black publications like Vibe, Ebony Essence, XXL, and The Source were all around yet. Rashad Grove, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Doron stressed that in the delta era, case rates are no longer the most important metric. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Oct. 2021 The trio eventually convened in person for a few days of recording with a 70-person orchestra at George Martin’s air Studios in London, now housed in a gorgeous, acoustically pristine Victorian-era church. Amos Barshad, Vulture, 8 Oct. 2021 Community engagement also is a priority in a post-George Floyd era, when people across the country are demanding significant changes in policing. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Oct. 2021 Many new CEOs across the business world had to adjust to their roles amid unprecedented pandemic-era restrictions, getting to know key employees without ever meeting them in person and managing offices and business relationships from far away. Asa Fitch, WSJ, 8 Oct. 2021 Lynn Millinoff, who recently retired after 14 years as the girls’ lacrosse coach at Buchholz High School in Gainesville, Fla., views Florida’s headgear era with a mix of emotions. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 8 Oct. 2021 The most important aspect might have nothing to do with which actor plays the famous secret agent but what the new era will attempt to portray. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 For 2021, the San Diego International Film Festival returns with a new format befitting the COVID-19 era. Jackie Bryant, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Oct. 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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10 Oct 2021

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“Era.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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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