Definition of millennial in English:


Line breaks: mil¦len|nial
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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    • 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
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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.

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