- (in Gnosticism) one of a class of powers or beings conceived as emanating from the Supreme Being and performing various functions in the operations of the universe.
Origin of aeon
- 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
Examples from the Web for aeon
In a January piece in Aeon Magazine, science writer Philip Ball identifies the dangers of “instrument-worship” among scientists.What Will Happen to Our Minds in the Future?
March 2, 2014
It seemed as if he had reached sanctuary after an aeon of chaos.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
After what seemed an aeon, they saw that it was daylight outside.The Call of the Beaver Patrol
V. T. Sherman
When it was spent, they would rest for aeon, then stir again.Lewis Rand
For a moment that had to Letty the air of an aeon, Godfrey stood peering.Mary Marston
Eight years have elapsed since that day and this writing—an aeon in this rapidly moving Republic of ours.A Modern Chronicle, Complete
esp US eon
- an immeasurably long period of time; age
- a period of one thousand million years
- (often capital) gnosticism one of the powers emanating from the supreme being and culminating in the demiurge
- the usual US spelling of aeon
- geology the longest division of geological time, comprising two or more eras
Word Origin and History for aeon
1640s; see eon.
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").
- The longest division of geologic time, containing two or more eras.