Meaning of ERA in English

ˈirə, ˈerə, ˈērə noun

( -s )

Etymology: Late Latin aera, from Latin, counters, plural of aer-, aes copper, brass, money — more at ore

1. : a system of chronological notation computed from a given date as basis

the Roman era is computed from the date when Rome was supposedly founded

from the beginnings of history to the 5th century of our era


a. : a fixed point in time from which a series of years is reckoned : the basic date of a chronological era

a hundred years before the Christian era

b. : a memorable or important date or event ; especially : one that begins a new period in the history of a person or thing

June 1585 marked an era in the foreign policy of Elizabeth — J.A.Symonds

3. : a period in the history of a person or thing

the seven years … form one of the greatest eras in the annals of British statesmanship — Ernest Barker


a. : a period set off or typified by some prominent figure or characteristic feature

a style popular in the Victorian era

dates back to the era of the horse and buggy

calls the twenties an era of extravagance

b. : a period of existence or prevalence of something (as a process, quality, or group)

another era of rapid expansion in industry

an era of prosperity

the relatively brief cowboy era

: day

c. : a stage in the development of a person or thing (as a nation, institution, or art)

during the first era of the nation's existence

a new era in the development of the textbook

specifically : one of the five major divisions of geologic time — see geologic time table

Synonyms: see period

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