Meaning of “era” in the English Dictionary

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"era" in British English

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eranoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɪə.rə/ us /ˈɪr.ə/

B2 a period of time of which particular events or stages of development are typical:

the Jefferson era
a bygone (= past) era
the post-war era
They had worked for peace during the long era of conflict.
The fall of the Berlin wall marked the end of an era.

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  • The present political system is a hangover from the colonial era.
  • He remembers the 1960s as being an era of sexual permissiveness.
  • The president's speech heralds a new era in foreign policy.
  • We are on the threshold of a new era in European relations.
  • The era was characterized by political and cultural turbulence.

(Definition of “era” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"era" in American English

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eranoun [ C ]

us /ˈɪər·ə, ˈer·ə/

a period of time known for particular events or developments:

She was one of the more remarkable women of her era.

(Definition of “era” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ERA" in Business English

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ERAnoun [ C ]

uk us GOVERNMENT, LAW

(Definition of “ERA” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)