mil·​le·​na·​ry | \ ˈmi-lə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce millenary (audio) , mə-ˈle-nə-rē How to pronounce millenary (audio) \
plural millenaries

Definition of millenary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a group of 1000 units or things
b : 1000 years : millennium



Definition of millenary (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : suggesting a millennium
2 : relating to or consisting of 1000

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Now, the rebounding species is marking a millenary milestone. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "1,000th California condor has hatched in a victory for the species that nearly went extinct," 22 July 2019 It was designed by Fletcher for Lock & Co. Hatters, a millenary brand that dates back to the 1600s. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Is This Kate Middleton's Favorite Hat?," 20 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of millenary


1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for millenary


Late Latin millenarium, from neuter of millenarius of a thousand, from Latin milleni one thousand each, from mille


Latin millenarius

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