Gen X

\ 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

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“Gen X.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2021.

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