Common Era

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Com·mon Era

n. Abbr. CE or ce
The period beginning with the traditional birth year of Jesus, designated as year 1.

Common Era

(Historical Terms) another name for Christian Era

Chris′tian E′ra

the period since the assumed year of Jesus' birth.
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Noun1.Common era - the time period beginning with the supposed year of Christ's birth
Adv.1.Common Era - of the period coinciding with the Christian era; preferred by some writers who are not Christians; "in 200 CE"
References in classic literature ?
Here ample time will be given not only to look over the city, which was founded six hundred years before the Christian era, and its artificial port, the finest of the kind in the Mediterranean, but to visit Paris during the Great Exhibition; and the beautiful city of Lyons, lying intermediate, from the heights of which, on a clear day, Mont Blanc and the Alps can be distinctly seen.
Set on a street in Rome 200 years before the Christian era, it is a classic farce based around and about the three houses of Erronious, Lycus and Senex.
The Creation 4004; Commencement of Chinese History 2700; The Deluge, or Noah's Flood 2348; The Fall of Troy 1183; Caesar's invasion of Britain 59; Caesar murdered by conspirators 44; Jesus Christ born four years before the Christian Era 4