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[ee-uh n, ee-on] /ˈi ən, ˈi ɒn/
an indefinitely long period of time; age.
the largest division of geologic time, comprising two or more eras.
Astronomy. one billion years.
Origin of eon
See origin at aeon Unabridged
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  • As he stood leaning over the railing, he had a painful vision of the sum total of life and death within the eons of life on earth.

    Atlantis Gerhart Hauptmann
  • Presently, after eons it seemed, she desperately evoked a small, jerky voice.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • The six days of Creation were six eons or geological periods.

  • The icy breeze tore tiny puffs of dust from grotesque, angling drifts of soil, nearly waterless for eons.

    The Eternal Wall Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • At least it had been warm enough to evolve life of the highest order, eons ago.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • I've been taught that eons ago our remote ancestors fought the Hunters, and lost, and fled, and were pursued.

    The Link Alan Edward Nourse
British Dictionary definitions for eons


/ˈiːən; ˈiːɒn/
the usual US spelling of aeon
(geology) the longest division of geological time, comprising two or more eras
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Word Origin and History for eons



1640s, from Latin aeon, from Greek aion "age, vital force, a period of existence, lifetime, generation;" in plural, "eternity," from PIE root *aiw- "vital force, life, long life, eternity" (cf. Sanskrit ayu "life," Avestan ayu "age," Latin aevum "space of time, eternity," Gothic aiws "age, eternity," Old Norse ævi "lifetime," German ewig "everlasting," Old English a "ever, always").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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eons in Science
The longest division of geologic time, containing two or more eras.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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