Gen Y

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: generation y
These kids have expensive tastes. Gen Y came of age in an era of unprecedented affluence, and its members were reared by indulgent boomer parents.Keith Haughton
often used before another noun
About 3.5 million Gen Y drivers get their license each year.Daren Fonda
often hyphenated in such use
… blatant product placement turns off Gen-Y viewers who are offended by brand mentions.Joanne Ostrow
Gen Yer noun
or Gen-Yer
plural Gen Yers or Gen-Yers
Gen Yers have plenty to be exercised about. They're inheriting an economy in which many of the things their parents took for granted are evaporating … Michelle Conlin
The debts of today's Gen Yers are bigger ($26,000 in average student loans, up from $10,000 in 1985). Ted Rall


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noun combining form

: generation : production

Examples of Gen Y in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Trigger warning to Gen Y: Prepare to feel a little, um, old. Madeleine Marr, Miami Herald, 25 Jan. 2024 After all, Early’s stand-up sends up the gulf between confidence and competence that Gen Y can exhibit. Brent Lang, Variety, 18 Jan. 2024 Along the blurry edge at the cusp of the two generations, between Gen Y and Z, is where zillennials live. Terry Ward, CNN, 10 May 2023 Yet as the largest portion of the US workforce, Gen Y managed historically high levels of change and were the backbone of navigating one of the most stressful periods in the history of organizational life during the Global Pandemic. Beau River, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2023 Now there are few questions about Gen Y’s resolve, and Gen Z is under the scrutiny of elder generations’ expectations and assumptions about young adult life. Beau River, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2023 And with the workforce makeup increasingly Gen Y and Z, PB3.0 is aligned with the workforce’s desire to be recognized for their unique contributions to the organization. William Arruda, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2023

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Word History


Noun combining form

Greek -geneia act of being born, from -genēs born — more at -gen

First Known Use


1994, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Gen Y was in 1994

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Cite this Entry

“Gen Y.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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