Gen Y

\ ˈjen-ˈwī How to pronounce Gen Y (audio) \

Definition of Gen Y

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

Definition of -geny (Entry 2 of 2)

: generation : production phylogeny

Other Words from Gen Y


Gen Yer \ ˈjen-​ˈwī-​ər How to pronounce Gen Y (audio) \ or Gen-Yer noun, 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

First Known Use of Gen Y


1994, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Gen Y

Noun combining form

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

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“Gen Y.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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