Definition of millenary in English:


Line breaks: mil¦len|ary
Pronunciation: /mɪˈlɛnəri
, ˈmɪlɪnəri

noun (plural millenaries)

  • 1A period of a thousand years. Compare with millennium.
  • 1.1A thousandth anniversary.
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    • Clearly, much of what was propagated about Alfred at the time of the millenary was based on the accretion of centuries of tradition and myth.
    • The Alfred the Great millenary in 1901 makes this problem apparent.


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  • Consisting of a thousand people, years, etc.: he mustered millenary forces
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    • For them, the millenary celebrations proffered an avenue to the rebuilding of the cultural self-confidence needed to continue ruling the empire.
    • Thornycroft was thus largely given free rein to devise an idealized image of Anglo-Saxon Englishness in his statue for the millenary commemoration.


mid 16th century: from late Latin millenarius 'having a thousand', based on Latin mille 'thousand'.

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