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generation British & World English

All of the people born and living at about the same time, regarded collectively

generation English Thesaurus

people of the same generation

Generation X British & World English

The generation born after that of the baby boomers (roughly from the early 1960s to mid 1970s), typically perceived to be disaffected and directionless

Generation Y British & World English

The generation born in the 1980s and 1990s, comprising primarily the children of the baby boomers and typically perceived as increasingly familiar with digital and electronic technology

me generation British & World English

A generation of people characterized by selfish materialism

Generation X New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

disaffected people born in the 1970s

beat generation British & World English

A movement of young people in the 1950s and early 1960s who rejected conventional society, valuing free self-expression and favouring modern jazz. Among writers associated with the movement were Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg

generation gap British & World English

A difference of attitudes between people of different generations, leading to a lack of understanding

Generation Xer British & World English

A member of Generation X (born from the early 1960s to mid 1970s)

Generation Yer British & World English

A member of Generation Y (born in the 1980s and 1990s)

lost generation British & World English

The generation reaching maturity during and just after the First World War, a high proportion of whose men were killed during those years

fifth-generation British & World English

Denoting a proposed new class of computer or programming language employing artificial intelligence

first-generation British & World English

Designating the first of a generation to become a citizen in a new country

second-generation British & World English

Denoting the offspring of parents who came to live in a particular country

stolen generation British & World English

The Aboriginal people forcibly removed from their families as children between the 1900s and the 1960s, to be brought up by white foster families or in institutions

third-generation British & World English

Of a more advanced stage of technology than a second-generation model or system

sandwich generation British & World English

A generation of people, typically in their thirties or forties, responsible both for bringing up their own children and for the care of their ageing parents

spontaneous generation British & World English

The supposed production of living organisms from non-living matter, as inferred from the apparent appearance of life in some supposedly sterile environments

generation-skipping tax British & World English

An estate tax imposed on beneficiaries who are two or more generations removed from the testator

cogeneration British & World English

The generation of electricity and useful heat jointly, especially the utilization of the steam left over from electricity generation for heating

microgeneration British & World English

The generation of electricity or heat on a small scale, typically for domestic use and by methods that do not contribute to the depletion of natural resources, such as solar panels


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