Generation X


: the generation of people born in the 1960s and 1970s
If you're a member of Generation X, chances are you may be feeling that "Reality Bites" when it comes to your retirement planning.Lorie Konish
The younger portion of the network's 12-to-34-year-old target audience … exhibited different tastes and sensibilities from the post-baby boom Generation X.Meg James
compare generation y, generation z
Generation Xer noun

Examples of Generation X in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The video for that song, featuring models marching around a high school classroom in teddies and a snare drum filled with milk, become a token of Generation X pop culture. Alex Williams, New York Times, 4 July 2023 Among the generations, millennials were the least tolerant of toxic workplaces, followed by Generation X workers. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 19 Apr. 2023 Millennial and Generation X households with children are the biggest fans of Valentine’s sugar candy, according to IRI, a global market research firm. Kim Severson, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2023 This is a sweeping legacy of baby boomers and, to an extent, their Generation X offspring. Malina Saval, Variety, 6 Sep. 2022 Last year, for instance, guitar slinger Samantha Fish of Kansas City, Missouri, achieved something that the current biggest artist in blues – Generation X virtuoso Joe Bonamassa – has never been able to. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Nov. 2020 Baby Boomers hold the majority of U.S. wealth, with $59.6 trillion, twice Generation X’s $28.5 trillion and more than 10 times Millennials’ $5.2 trillion. Ben Steverman,, 8 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1987, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Generation X was in 1987

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Cite this Entry

“Generation X.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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