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era 1

Pronunciation: /ˈirə/


1A long and distinct period of history with a particular feature or characteristic: his death marked the end of an era the era of glasnost
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  • At least four distinct periods, or eras, define the recent history of Congress.
  • Few eras of American history have undergone as sweeping a reinterpretation by historians in the past forty years as Reconstruction, the turbulent period that followed the Civil War.
  • The structure of the novel, then, makes possible a way of thinking about America that crosses the lines between eras, making American history a single connected story.
1.1A system of chronology dating from a particular noteworthy event: the dawn of the Christian era
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  • The period is further divided into the early Heian and the late Heian, or Fujiwara, eras, the pivotal date being 894, the year imperial embassies to China were officially discontinued.
  • Simply put, it was on that date that the communist era in Bulgaria started.
  • Many of America's great cathedrals of racing date from the Depression era of the film's setting.
1.2 Geology A major division of time that is a subdivision of an eon and is itself subdivided into periods: the Mesozoic era
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  • The division of the Phanerozoic into chronostratigraphic divisions - eras, periods, epochs and ages - has itself evolved over a period of about 200 years.
  • The largest would be the ‘Permo-Triassic’ extinction, between the Permian and Triassic periods, of the Paleozoic and Mesozoic eras.
  • The following table shows the three eras and eleven geological periods that comprise the Phanerozoic.
1.3 archaic A date or event marking the beginning of a new and distinct period of time.


Mid 17th century: from late Latin aera, denoting a number used as a basis of reckoning, an epoch from which time is reckoned, plural of aes, aer- 'money, counter'.

Words that rhyme with era

Altamira, chimera, clearer, Elvira, hearer, Hera, hetaera, interferer, lempira, lira, lire, Madeira, Megaera, monstera, rangatira, rearer, scorzonera, sera, shearer, smearer, sneerer, steerer, Thera, Utsire, Vera
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