Definition of millennium in English:


Line breaks: mil¦len|nium
Pronunciation: /mɪˈlɛnɪəm

noun (plural millennia /-nɪə/ or millenniums)

1A period of a thousand years, especially when calculated from the traditional date of the birth of Christ: silver first came into use on a substantial scale during the 3rd millennium bc
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  • On the other hand, it is also rather weak on the later centuries of the first millennium of the Christian era.
  • Some of her archaeologist husband's finds can be seen in the museum, which is a must if you want to grasp the sophistication of Syrian art and civilisation of the two millenniums before Christ.
  • What does an Oriental seer, born in the middle of the first millennium before Christ among historical circumstances and a culture so different from our own, have to offer such very modern thinkers?
1.1 (the millennium) Christian Theology The prophesied thousand-year reign of Christ at the end of the age (Rev. 20:1-5): Archer’s treatise predicted that the millennium was close at hand
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  • They viewed the Civil War as the beginning of the ‘wars and rumors of wars’ that were prophesied would proceed the millennium.
  • It takes its name from the early Christians' anticipation of Christ's Second Coming, to be followed by a millennium, or thousand-year reign of peace and tranquillity.
  • But we discover that the commission given in Matthew 28: 18-20 was for their ministry in the millennium.
1.2 (the millennium) A utopian period of justice, peace, and prosperity: the people must seize power—the millennium cannot be imposed on them from above
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  • No narrow patriotism of race, country or religion will stand in the way of the millennium of universal peace.
2An anniversary of a thousand years: the millennium of the Russian Orthodox Church
2.1 (the millennium) The point at which one period of a thousand years ends and another begins: as we approach the millennium the only certainty is change
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  • Does the millennium begin with the year ending in zero or in one?
  • With the millennium approaching, his aim was to persuade the human population of the entire planet that, for 24 hours, they should stop killing each other.
  • As we approach the millennium it seems an appropriate time for OLOC to take stock, to reflect and review where we want to go and how.


mid 17th century: modern Latin, from Latin mille 'thousand', on the pattern of biennium.


The correct spelling is millennium not millenium. The latter is a common error, formed by analogy with other similar words correctly spelled with only one n, such as millenarian and millenary. The differences in spelling are explained by different origins. Millennium was formed by analogy with words like biennium, while millenary and millenarian were formed from the Latin milleni.

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