Generation Y


Definition of Generation Y

: the generation of people born in the period roughly from 1980 to the mid-1990s : the millennials Generation Y is purportedly wiping out casual dining, golf, diamonds, homeownership, and bars of soap …— Elizabeth King Generation Y is the most educated in American history, but its education came at a price.— Derek Thompson — compare generation x, generation z

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1992, in the meaning defined above

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