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noun gen·er·a·tion \ˌje-nə-ˈrā-shən\

Simple Definition of generation

  • : a group of people born and living during the same time

  • : the people in a family born and living during the same time

  • : the average length of time between the birth of parents and the birth of their children

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of generation

  1. 1 a :  a body of living beings constituting a single step in the line of descent from an ancestor b :  a group of individuals born and living contemporaneously c :  a group of individuals having contemporaneously a status (as that of students in a school) which each one holds only for a limited period d :  a type or class of objects usually developed from an earlier type <first of the … new generation of powerful supersonic fighters — Kenneth Koyen>

  2. 2 a :  the action or process of producing offspring :  procreation b :  the process of coming or bringing into being <generation of income> c :  origination by a generating process :  production; especially :  formation of a geometric figure by motion of another

  3. 3 :  the average span of time between the birth of parents and that of their offspring


play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective


play \-shnə-lē, shə-nəl-ē\ adverb

Examples of generation in a sentence

  1. She was worshipped by a generation of moviegoers.

  2. He was a hero to generations of students.

  3. We need to preserve these resources for future generations.

  4. His books are popular among members of the younger generation.

  5. That family has lived in the same house for four generations.

  6. The house has been passed down in the family from generation to generation.

  7. He has held that position for a generation.

  8. No one dreamed that such things would be possible a generation ago.

  9. The company claims to be developing the next generation of portable computers.

14th Century

First Known Use of generation

14th century

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GENERATION Defined for Kids


noun gen·er·a·tion \ˌje-nə-ˈrā-shən\

Definition of generation for Students

  1. 1 :  those being a single step in a line originating from one ancestor <This family has lived in town for four generations.>

  2. 2 :  a group of individuals born and living at about the same time <the younger generation>

  3. 3 :  the act or process of producing or creating something <the generation of heat>

Medical Dictionary


noun gen·er·a·tion \ˌjen-ə-ˈrā-shən\

Medical Definition of generation

  1. 1a:  a body of living beings constituting a single step in the line of descent from an ancestorb:  a group of individuals born and living contemporaneously

  2. 2:  the average span of time between the birth of parents and that of their offspring

  3. 3:  the action or process of producing offspring :  procreation


\-shnəl, -shən-əl\play adjective

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