Definitions for ERAˈɪər ə, ˈɛr ə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

e•raˈɪər ə, ˈɛr ə(n.)(pl.)e•ras.

  1. a period of time marked by distinctive character, events, etc.

  2. the period of time to which anything belongs or is to be assigned.

  3. a system of chronologic notation reckoned from a given date.

  4. a point of time from which succeeding years are numbered, as at the beginning of a system of chronology.

  5. a date or an event forming the beginning of any distinctive period.

  6. a major division of geologic time composed of a number of periods.

    Category: Geology

Origin of era:

1605–15; < LL aera fixed date, era, prob. identical with L aera counters, pl. of aes piece of metal, money

ERA

  1. Also, eraBaseball. earned run average.

    Category: Sport

  2. Equal Rights Amendment.

    Category: Government

Princeton's WordNet

  1. era, epoch(noun)

    a period marked by distinctive character or reckoned from a fixed point or event

  2. era, geological era(noun)

    a major division of geological time; an era is usually divided into two or more periods

  3. 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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. era(noun)ˈɪər ə, ˈɛr ə

    a period in history with definite characteristics

    the modern/Victorian/cold-war era; the beginning/end of an era

Wiktionary

  1. era(Noun)

    A time period of indeterminate length, generally more than one year.

  2. Origin: From aera.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Era(noun)

    a fixed point of time, usually an epoch, from which a series of years is reckoned

  2. Era(noun)

    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)

  3. Era(noun)

    a period of time in which a new order of things prevails; a signal stage of history; an epoch

Freebase

  1. Era

    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.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. era

    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

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ERA' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4206

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ERA' in Nouns Frequency: #1719


Translations for ERA

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

era(noun)

a number of years counting from an important point in history

the Victorian era.

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