What does the word epoch mean?

Usage examples for epoch

  1. I did not leave my room till the first dinner- bell had ceased a sufficient time to allow me the pleasing hope that I should have but a few moments to wait in the drawing- room, previous to the grand epoch and ceremony of an European day. – Pelham, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton Last Updated: March 16, 2009
  2. The building was practically completed in 1493, during the reign of Ferdinand and Isabella, the most illustrious epoch of Spanish history. – Cathedrals of Spain by John A. (John Allyne) Gade
  3. Some of these represent the geographical conditions at the particular epoch referred to in the text, but they merely claim to give a general idea. – The History of the European Fauna by R. F. Scharff