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millennial Line breaks: mil¦len|nial
Pronunciation: /mɪˈlɛnɪəl/

Definition of millennial in English:


1Denoting or relating to a period of a thousand years: the current increase in hurricanes is only a small fluctuation within this longer millennial cycle
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  • Less than a decade later, Martin Luther began the Reformation, and religious wars dragged Europe down to a millennial low.
  • Climatic cooling, whether it is on a short (decadal or century) or a long (millennial) timescale, tends to cool the poles more than the tropics.
  • This ageless question is at the heart of Harold's investigation of the unique capacity of organisms "to reproduce themselves indefinitely, and arise on a millennial time-scale by the interplay of variation and selection that underlies biological evolution."
2Denoting or relating to an anniversary of a thousand years: the millennial anniversary of Leif Eiriksson’s voyage to the New World the millennial celebrations in New York’s Times Square armchair psychologists muse about millennial angst and the stress of modern working lives
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  • Chester is a town with significant histories stretching from Roman times, through medieval England, the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and now these millennial times.
  • Those were my two main criteria when I set about making up a list of writers to invite to Nashville to participate in A Millennial Gathering of the Writers of the New South in April of 2000.
  • If for nothing else, the millennial year in Britain was remarkable for an extraordinary expansion in museum construction.
2.1Denoting those people reaching young adulthood around the year 2000: most social networking groups are dominated by the millennial generation
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  • Born from 1975 to 1980, these cuspers possess an interesting mix of generation X skepticism and millennial optimism.
  • So while low-carb beers are helping to shape the svelte images of protein-munching youth, there is another type of beer that is appealing to a Millennial subset, especially in the hip bars of urban city centers.
  • A higher proportion of millennial adults (those 26 years of age and younger) have become core wine drinkers, more than Generation X.
3 another term for millenarian.
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  • The nation itself came to be seen in a providential or even millennial light.
  • It is millennial in the sense that the groups involved are oriented to a future good society.
  • We also went through a spate of "millennial" thinking, that quirky habit of the mind which finds special significance in numbers of years, and gets exaggerated as the numbers become portentous.


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A person reaching young adulthood around the year 2000: the industry brims with theories on what makes millennials tick generation Xers and millennials have some real gripes about the world their parents constructed
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  • Boomers are more process oriented while Xers and Millennials are known to be questioning generations.
  • Mentoring is especially important to Xers and Millennials who usually welcome the opportunity to learn from an experienced advisor.
  • But rising Millennials will be encouraged to build more than reflect.

Words that rhyme with millennial

bicentennial, biennial, centennial, decennial, perennial, Tenniel, triennial

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