Common EraCom·mon Era
the era beginning with the year 1 according to the modern Gregorian calendar: term used as an alternative to Christian Era, esp. by scholars and non-Christians: marks dates in this era, marks dates before it
nounAbbr. CE or CE
The period beginning with the traditional birth year of Jesus, designated as year 1.
- the method of numbering years whereby the current internationally recognized year is 2014 on the Gregorian calendar; secular equivalent of anno Domini and the Christian Era.
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".