(?), 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.
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The foundation of Solomon's temple is conjectured by Ideler to have been an era.
R. S. Poole.
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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).
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The first century of our era.
M. Arnold.
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3. A period of time in which a new order of things prevails; a signal stage of history; an epoch.
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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.
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