a period marked by distinctive character or reckoned from a fixed point or event
era, geological era(noun)
a major division of geological time; an era is usually divided into two or more periods
earned run average, ERA(noun)
(baseball) a measure of a pitcher's effectiveness; calculated as the average number of earned runs allowed by the pitcher for every nine innings pitched
A time period of indeterminate length, generally more than one year.
Origin: From aera.
a fixed point of time, usually an epoch, from which a series of years is reckoned
a period of time reckoned from some particular date or epoch; a succession of years dating from some important event; as, the era of Alexander; the era of Christ, or the Christian era (see under Christian)
a period of time in which a new order of things prevails; a signal stage of history; an epoch
An era is a commonly used word for a long period of time. When used in science, for example geology, an era denotes a clearly defined period of time of arbitrary but well-defined length, such as for example the Mesozoic Era from 252 Ma–66 Ma, delimited by a start event and an end event. When used in social history, eras may for example denote a period of some monarch's reign. In colloquial language, eras denote longer spans of time, before and after which the practices or fashions change to a significant degree. When era is extended to a calendar system, it is known as a calendar era. In Sanskrit or Indian culture eras are known as Yugas.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ē′ra, n. a series of years reckoned from a particular point, or that point itself: an important date. [Late L. æra, a number, orig. 'counters,' pieces of copper used in counting, being the neut.pl. of æs, æris, copper.]
The New Hacker's Dictionary
Syn. epoch. Webster's Unabridged makes these words almost synonymous, but era more often connotes a span of time rather than a point in time, whereas the reverse is true for epoch. The epoch usage is recommended.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'ERA' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4206
Rank popularity for the word 'ERA' in Nouns Frequency: #1719
are, ear, Rae
The numerical value of ERA in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of ERA in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.
Each new historical era mirrors itself in the picture and archive mythology of its past or of a past borrowed from other cultures. It tests its sense of identity, of regress or new achievement, against that past.
If there is any period one would desire to be born in, is it not the age of Revolution when the old and the new stand side by side...when the glories of the old can be compensated by the rich possibilities of the new era This time...is a very good one...
Corporations have been enthroned .... An era of corruption in high places will follow and the money power will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people... until wealth is aggregated in a few hands ... and the Republic is destroyed.
It was literally just a handful of votes that stopped the ERA, surely with social media and the new generation of women and men who do not believe in second-class citizenship for women, we can get the ERA across the finish line and put it in the Constitution where it belongs.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- عصر, زمان, عصورArabic
- hoalad, amzervezhBreton
- era, època, períodeCatalan, Valencian
- období, epocha, éraCzech
- Ära, EpocheGerman
- εποχή, περίοδοςGreek
- época, período, eraSpanish
- ajanjakso, aikakausi, aika, maailmankausiFinnish
- époque, période, èreFrench
- época, eraGalician
- עידן, תקופהHebrew
- korszak, kor, éraHungarian
- jaman, masa, era, periodeIndonesian
- era, epocaItalian
- დრო, ერაGeorgian
- tijdrekening, era, periode, tijdperkDutch
- æraNorwegian Nynorsk
- era, épocaPortuguese
- eră, perioadă, epocăRomanian
- эпоха, эраRussian
- era, ераSerbo-Croatian
- యుగం, శకంTelugu
- çağ, devirTurkish
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