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[mil-len-ee-uh l] /mɪlˈlɛn i əl/
of or pertaining to a millennium or the millennium.
worthy or suggestive of the millennium.
(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.
1655-65; millenni(um) + -al1
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millennially, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for millennial
  • 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
1660s, from stem of millennium + -al.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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