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[mi-len-ee-uh m] /mɪˈlɛn i əm/
noun, plural millenniums, millennia
[mi-len-ee-uh] /mɪˈlɛn i ə/ (Show IPA)
a period of 1000 years.
the millennium, the period of a thousand years during which Christ will reign on earth. Rev. 20:1–7.
a period of general righteousness and happiness, especially in the indefinite future.
a thousandth anniversary.
Origin of millennium
1630-40; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin mill(e) a thousand + -ennium, extracted from biennium, triennium, etc. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • For generations now, since the signs have pointed to the millennium, have the daughters of the house been kept unwedded.

    Ghetto Tragedies Israel Zangwill
  • Some day—in the millennium—there may be no need for his type.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • Ah, thou canst not imagine it: thou hast thy groceries safe in the shops, and little or no hope of a millennium ever coming!

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • "I can imagine the millennium of virtue in America," he went on.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • millennium: a period when all government will be free from wickedness.

British Dictionary definitions for millennium


noun (pl) -nia (-nɪə), -niums
(Christianity) the millennium, the period of a thousand years of Christ's awaited reign upon earth
a period or cycle of one thousand years
a time of peace and happiness, esp in the distant future
a thousandth anniversary
Derived Forms
millennial, adjective
millennialist, noun
millennially, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin, from Latin mille thousand + annus year; for form, compare quadrennium
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Word Origin and History for millennium

1630s, from Modern Latin millennium, from Latin mille "thousand" (see million) + annus "year" (see annual); formed on analogy of biennium, triennium, etc. For vowel change, see biennial. First in English in sense of "1,000-year period of Christ's anticipated rule on Earth" (Rev. xx:1-5). Sense of "any 1,000-year period" first recorded 1711. Meaning "the year 2000" attested from 1970.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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millennium in Culture

millennium definition

A period of a thousand years foretold in the Book of Revelation. During the millennium, those who have been faithful to Jesus and who have not worshiped the Antichrist will reign with Jesus over the Earth. According to the Book of Revelation, the millennium will precede the final battle for control of the universe; Judgment Day will come afterward.

Note: The meaning of the Bible's words about the millennium has been much debated by Christians. Prophecies about the millennium are part of the basic doctrine of several denominations, including Jehovah's Witnesses.
Note: Figuratively, a “millennium” is a period of great justice and happiness on Earth.
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millennium in the Bible

a thousand years; the name given to the era mentioned in Rev. 20:1-7. Some maintain that Christ will personally appear on earth for the purpose of establishing his kingdom at the beginning of this millennium. Those holding this view are usually called "millenarians." On the other hand, it is maintained, more in accordance with the teaching of Scripture, we think, that Christ's second advent will not be premillennial, and that the right conception of the prospects and destiny of his kingdom is that which is taught, e.g., in the parables of the leaven and the mustard-seed. The triumph of the gospel, it is held, must be looked for by the wider and more efficient operation of the very forces that are now at work in extending the gospel; and that Christ will only come again at the close of this dispensation to judge the world at the "last day." The millennium will thus precede his coming.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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