Gen X

noun
\ ˈjen-ˈeks How to pronounce Gen X (audio) \

Definition of Gen X

: generation x Gen X managed to stretch adolescence beyond all previous limits: Its members started becoming adults earlier and finished becoming adults later.— Jean M. Twenge often used before another noun a Gen X celebrity often hyphenated in such use … 'The Blair Witch Project,' a stealth blockbuster with clever Internet marketing and so much Gen-X appeal that it's spooking Hollywood.Newsweek

Other Words from Gen X

Gen Xer \ ˈjen-​ˈek-​sər How to pronounce Gen X (audio) \ or Gen-Xer noun, plural Gen Xers or Gen-Xers
… only about 56 percent of high-school seniors in 2015 went out on dates; for Boomers and Gen Xers, the number was about 85 percent. — Jean M. Twenge Like many Gen-Xers, I remember childhood as an uncomplicated time when the only thing you had to worry about was being home by dark. — Bethany Young Hardy

First Known Use of Gen X

1992, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About Gen X

Dictionary Entries Near Gen X

genus

Gen X

-geny

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for Gen X

Cite this Entry

“Gen X.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Gen%20X. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!