Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The period coinciding with the Christian era.

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  • proper n. the method of numbering years whereby the current internationally recognized year is 2013 on the Gregorian calendar; secular equivalent of anno Domini and the Christian Era.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the time period beginning with the supposed year of Christ's birth
  • adv. of the period coinciding with the Christian era; preferred by some writers who are not Christians

Etymologies

Originally Vulgar Era. The English phrase "common Era" appears at least as early as 1708, and by 1715 is used synonymously with "Christian Era" and "Vulgar Era". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The "census" ordered by Emperor Augustine is not recorded in Roman history, but a local census did take place in the Roman province of Judea in A.D. 6 or C.E., the Common Era.

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  • Technology is mid-nineteenth century equivalent, "he said, adding after a moment," by the Common Era.

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  • The form of Bon that has developed since the eleventh century of the Common Era shares enough in common with the four Tibetan Buddhist traditions for us to consider all five as a unit.

    Introductory Comparison of the Five Tibetan Traditions of Buddhism and Bon

  • The attitudes and values we associate with Christian tradition, particularly attitudes toward sexual matters, evolved in Western culture at a specific time — during the first four centuries of the Common Era, when the Christian movement, which had begun as a defiant sect, transformed itself into the religion of the Roman Empire.

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  • It refers to Common Era and is used in place of A.D. the dates are the same ie 2009 AD is 2009 CE.

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  • By the beginning of the Common Era, one / tenth of the entire Roman Empire was Jewish and as much as 40\% of Alexandria was Jewish.

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  • Definitely see why a country at the dawn of the 21st Century of the Common Era needs this guidance.

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  • Traditions of the Bible: A Guide to the Bible as It Was at the Start of the Common Era, has this to say at the beginning of his chapter on Adam and Eve:

    finitum non capax infiniti

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