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millennial

[mil-len-ee-uh l] /mɪlˈlɛn i əl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a millennium or the millennium.
2.
worthy or suggestive of the millennium.
noun
3.
(usually initial capital letter) Informal. a person born in the 1980s or 1990s, especially in the U.S.; a member of Generation Y:
Millennials are facing a deep economic crisis.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; millenni(um) + -al1
Related forms
millennially, adverb
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  • Perhaps some millennial spillover runs through the makeup of what is now one of the world's ticking hot spots.
  • Simple, clean fun for the millennial nuclear family.
  • But even that is simply a later episode of a millennial story.
  • In her post-millennial decline, she squints and sighs and wheezes with no less exertion, but no more persuasively.
  • Outwardly appearing as common folk, inwardly they shared a millennial sense of their own significance.
  • He writes on foreign policy, the strengths and shortcomings of the millennial generation, and the perils of the digital age.
  • The notion that the public has neglected him has been a theme reiterated often throughout the post-millennial part of his career.
  • He points out that the millennial anxiety about scientific and technological breakthroughs predates particle physics.
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Word Origin and History for millennial
adj.

1660s, "pertaining to the millennium," from stem of millennium + -al (1). Meaning "pertaining to a period of 1,000 years" is from 1807. As a noun from 1896, originally "thousandth anniversary." From 1992 as a generational name for those born in the mid-1980s and thus coming of age around the year 2000.

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