Definition of millennium
millenniaplay \-nē-ə\ or
1a : the thousand years mentioned in Revelation (see revelation 3) 20 during which holiness is to prevail and Christ is to reign on earthb : a period of great happiness or human perfection
2a : a period of 1000 years; especially : one reckoned from the beginning of the Christian era at the start of the third millenniumb : a 1000th anniversary or its celebration In 2015 the city of Leipzig, Germany, celebrated its millennium.
Examples of millennium in a Sentence
The book describes the changes that have occurred in the landscape over many millennia.
The year 2000 was celebrated as the beginning of the third millennium.
Recent Examples of millennium from the Web
If new LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada does successfully bring the Tiger offense into this millennium, maybe there’s a chance of an upset here. 3.
PIEVE TORINA, Italy — After a series of powerful earthquakes struck Italy last year, Martin Wikelski rushed here to test a hunch that has tantalized scientists and thinkers for millenniums: Can animals anticipate natural disasters?
The Ethiopian eunuch subverts all of this by creating a place for himself where there wasn’t one for him before, much like resilient sexual minorities have done for millennia.
These are very important cultures that have mattered for millennia.
Terracotta Warriors: Mass Production in Ancient China TUE Explore the origins and millennium-long history of standardization and factory organization in ancient China, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave.
South Shore trains began running from Millennium station about 8 p.m. Tuesday, the South Shore said in a news release.
Weather has taken a toll on the structure, construction of which began on Rotary Hill along the Naperville Riverwalk in 1999 to commemorate the new millennium and was completed eight years later.
Of course, Aaron is the one who made the drive-in legendary in these parts, taking it to the next level in the new millennium with a menu that goes well beyond burgers and shakes.
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Did You Know?
Since in Latin mille means "thousand", a millennium lasts 1,000 years. Thus, we're living today at the beginning of the third millennium since the birth of Christ. But some religious sects, relying on a prophecy in the biblical Book of Revelation, speak of a coming millennium when Jesus will return to reign on earth for 1,000 years, evil will be banished, and all will live in peace and happiness. Members of these sects who keep themselves in a constant state of preparedness are called millenarians or millennialists.
Origin and Etymology of millennium
New Latin, from Latin mille thousand + New Latin -ennium (as in biennium)
First Known Use: circa 1638See Words from the same year
MILLENNIUM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of millennium for English Language Learners
: a period of 1,000 years
: a period of a thousand years counted from the beginning of the Christian era
MILLENNIUM Defined for Kids
Definition of millennium for Students
1 : a period of 1000 years
2 : a 1000th anniversary or its celebration
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