Definition of millennial in English:

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Pronunciation: /mɪˈlɛnɪəl/


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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  • The word "ancient," for instance, suggesting a certain millennial endurance, is repeatedly applied to Yeats's habits, opinions, and friendships, often when they are no more than fifteen or twenty years old—as though Yeats were an epoch in himself and made the terminology exact in the grandeur of proportion.
  • However, neither the Korean nor the millennial view is good science, and thus it is reasonable to expect these perspectives to eventually be replaced by a scientific formulation.
  • No expense was ever spared in the celebration of a millennial reign.
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
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  • His music has a sense of romanticism missing from millennial pop music.
  • The final result is a textual mapping of the telecom world around the millennial moment.
  • His is in many ways (with a nasty pun) a terminal philosophy embracing millennial disillusionment.
2.1Denoting people reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century: most social networking groups are dominated by the millennial generation
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  • But she has her own distinct identity: she is the first female figurehead of America's millennial punk scene.
  • Every marketer defines the Gen X, Gen Y and Millennial crowds a little differently.
  • Generation X is the demographic recently described by pundits as the crest of the wave of the millennial generation (also known as Generation Y).
3 another term for millenarian.
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  • It was composed and published in a crucial period of European apocalyptic anxiety and millennial anticipation.
  • A single man's failure endangers the whole community, their millennial mission, and their covenant with God.
  • Joachim of Fiore saw the millennial pattern of apocalypse as the very pattern of providential history itself.


A person reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century: 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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  • One Millennial in tight jeans and a studded belt, just changed from a shirt and tie for the ceremony, told us how his admiration of the antiwar stance inspired him to organize punk rock fundraisers for the governor.
  • Millennials are defined as the generation born after 1982.
  • Well, there are a lot of struggles on the part of managers and millennials in the workplace.

Words that rhyme with millennial

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

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