generation

noun

gen·​er·​a·​tion ˌje-nə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce generation (audio)
1
a
: a body of living beings constituting a single step in the line of descent from an ancestor
b
: a group of individuals born and living contemporaneously
the younger generation
c
: a group of individuals having contemporaneously a status (such as that of students in a school) which each one holds only for a limited period
d
: a type or class of objects usually developed from an earlier type
first of the … new generation of powerful supersonic fightersKenneth Koyen
2
a
: the action or process of producing offspring : procreation
b
: the process of coming or bringing into being
generation of income
c
: origination by a generating process : production
especially : formation of a geometric figure by motion of another
3
: the average span of time between the birth of parents and that of their offspring
generational adjective
generationally adverb

Examples of generation in a Sentence

She was worshipped by a generation of moviegoers. He was a hero to generations of students. We need to preserve these resources for future generations. His books are popular among members of the younger generation. That family has lived in the same house for four generations. The house has been passed down in the family from generation to generation. He has held that position for a generation. No one dreamed that such things would be possible a generation ago. The company claims to be developing the next generation of portable computers. See More
Recent Examples on the Web These monuments to analog craft were physically accessible touchstones for generations of musical artists: those who wrote and performed the music, those who built the studios to rigorous specifications in order to harness the optimum spaces for sound and those who recorded those sounds. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2024 This approach reflects our belief in combining financial support with knowledge and guidance to foster sustainable growth and prosperity for future generations. Stephanie Tharpe, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 But pushing for change in areas that have looked the same for generations is all but certain to roil residents, many of whom complain that the city is already overstocked with luxury housing. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2024 These future generations of Indians will also have to bear the costs of the dismantling of democratic institutions overseen by Modi and his party. Ramachandra Guha, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 But the youngest generation of workers are by far the worst offenders. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune Europe, 19 Feb. 2024 Writing the history of an event that happened generations ago is difficult enough. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 Written and directed by John Ridley, SHIRLEY celebrates Chisholm’s legacy as a staunch advocate for equal rights and an inspiration to a generation that is now in a place of power to enact change. Okla Jones, Essence, 19 Feb. 2024 For generations, Cape Malays were, as tailors and factory workers, at the forefront of a once booming textile industry. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English generacioun "procreation, development, offspring, lineage," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French generacion, borrowed from Late Latin generātiōn-, generātiō, going back to Latin, "procreation," from generāre "to bring into being, generate" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of generation was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Generation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/generation. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

generation

noun
gen·​er·​a·​tion ˌjen-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce generation (audio)
1
a
: those being a step in a line from one ancestor
a family that has lived in the same house for four generations
b
: a group of individuals born and living at the same time
c
: a type or class of objects developed from an earlier type
2
: the average length of time between the birth of parents and that of their offspring
3
: the action or process of generating
generational
-shnəl How to pronounce generation (audio)
-shən-ᵊl
adjective

Medical Definition

generation

noun
gen·​er·​a·​tion ˌjen-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce generation (audio)
1
a
: a body of living beings constituting a single step in the line of descent from an ancestor
b
: a group of individuals born and living contemporaneously
2
: the average span of time between the birth of parents and that of their offspring
3
: the action or process of producing offspring : procreation
generational adjective
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