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"
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The first king of the Israelites was not crowned until 1,000 years before the Common Era.
Going back in time, hundreds of years before the common era, sundials marked the hours.
The oldest mummies were from the New Kingdom, some 3,500 to 3,000 years ago, and the relatively newer ones from the Roman Period, which began with the Roman conquest of that society shortly before the Common Era.
CE for Common Era and BCE for Before the Common Era are new terms being used to de-Christianize the dating system now used largely by non-Christians around the globe.
He traces how a movement in danger of extinction during the last centuries before the Common Era developed into one that in less than a millennium succeeded in imposing its imprint on the Indian subcontinent and much of Southeastern Asia without the help of a conquering army or an all-powerful empire.