- a period of time marked by distinctive character, events, etc.: The use of steam for power marked the beginning of an era.
- the period of time to which anything belongs or is to be assigned: She was born in the era of hansoms and gaslight.
- a system of chronologic notation reckoned from a given date: The era of the Romans was based upon the time the city of Rome was founded.
- a point of time from which succeeding years are numbered, as at the beginning of a system of chronology: Caesar died many years before our era.
- a date or an event forming the beginning of any distinctive period: The year 1492 marks an era in world history.
- Geology. a major division of geologic time composed of a number of periods.
Origin of era
Examples from the Web for era
Even in the medieval era this disparity made Christians uncomfortable.Oops! Jesus’ Last Steps Are in the Wrong Place
January 6, 2015
Community policing is expensive and, in an era of budget cuts, increasingly rare.How to Solve the Policing Crisis
January 5, 2015
One of the most famous directors of this era was Shin Sang-ok (신상옥).Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea
December 30, 2014
Miles of Soviet era housing projects sat along on the ocean.Cuban Hip-Hop Was Born in Alamar
December 26, 2014
And in this era of impact-blind, across-the-board budget cuts, we see an opportunity.Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?
Peter Orszag, Jim Nussle
December 23, 2014
After a period of confrontation, we are entering an era of negotiation.
Many of the fighting nations have lapsed back into the pre-Jonah era.Understanding the Scriptures
What did they do with their greasy blandishments, before the era of cheap photography?The Uncommercial Traveller
The wealth of India was proverbial long before the Christian era.
An era of railroad speculation was then inaugurated, which ended with the crisis of 1873.
- a period of time considered as being of a distinctive character; epoch
- an extended period of time the years of which are numbered from a fixed point or eventthe Christian era
- a point in time, esp one beginning a new or distinctive periodthe discovery of antibiotics marked an era in modern medicine
- geology a major division of geological time, divided into several periodsthe Mesozoic era
- (in Britain) Education Reform Act: the 1988 act which established the key elements of the National Curriculum
- (in the US) Equal Rights Amendment: a proposed amendment to the US Constitution enshrining equality between the sexes
Word Origin and History for era
1716, earlier aera (1610s), from Late Latin aera, era "an era or epoch from which time is reckoned," probably identical with Latin aera "counters used for calculation," plural of aes (genitive aeris) "brass, copper, money" (see ore, also cf. copper).
The Latin word's use in chronology said to have begun in 5c. Spain (where, for some reason unknown to historians, the local era, aera Hispanica, began 38 B.C.E.; some say it was because of a tax levied that year). Like epoch, in English it originally meant "the starting point of an age;" meaning "system of chronological notation" is c.1640s; that of "historical period" is from 1741, e.g. the U.S. Era of Good Feeling (which was anything but) in reference to the Monroe Administration (1817-24), attested from 1817.
- A division of geologic time, longer than a period and shorter than an eon.