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Definition of ERA

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Era \E"ra\, n.; pl. {Eras}. [LL. aera an era, in earlier usage, the items of an account, counters, pl. of aes, aeris, brass, money. See {Ore}.]
     1. A fixed point of time, usually an epoch, from which a series of years is reckoned. [1913 Webster]

              The foundation of Solomon's temple is conjectured by Ideler to have been an era.           --R. S. Poole. [1913 Webster]

     2. 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}). [1913 Webster]

              The first century of our era.         --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster]

     3. A period of time in which a new order of things prevails; a signal stage of history; an epoch. [1913 Webster]

              Painting may truly be said to have opened the new era of culture.                       --J. A. Symonds.

     Syn: Epoch; time; date; period; age; dispensation. See {Epoch}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

era
   n.

      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.


The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) [jargon]

20 Moby Thesaurus words for "era":
     Bronze Age, Dark Ages, Depression Era, Golden Age, Ice Age, Iron Age, Jacksonian Age, Middle Ages, New Deal Era, Prohibition Era, Silver Age, Steel Age, Stone Age, age, days, epoch, glacial epoch, stage, term, time


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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