Common EraCom·mon Era
nounAbbr. CE or CE
- 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".