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Definition of millennial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to a millennium



Definition of millennial (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person born in the 1980s or 1990s usually plural

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The Divorce Party, a rom-com starring 30 Rock’s Katrina Bowden about a millennial who plans a wedding-caliber bash to get his life back on track after being dumped by his wife, is set for release early next year. Leah Bourne, Glamour, "For Some Women, Finalizing Their Divorce Means Throwing an Actual Party," 28 Nov. 2018 According to Pew Research Center, anyone born in 1997 and after is a part of this new and emerging generation, aka Gen Z, while anyone born between 1981 and 1996 is considered a millennial. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "How Gen Z and Millennials Are Totally Different," 17 Jan. 2019 But on Wednesday, the path to a Menudo for the post-millennial generation became so much brighter. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Are you ready for a new generation of Menudo?," 13 June 2018 Today brings another issue for millennial voters to ponder. James Freeman, WSJ, "Is Adam Schiff Satisfied with NBC News?," 11 Feb. 2019 Rounding out her top three is a millennial pink, cropped, scoop neck cami with matching bottoms, called the Stanton, an east-west street in the Lower East Side neighborhood of NYC. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Ratajkowski Just Debuted a Super Sexy Lingerie Collection on Instagram," 7 Feb. 2019 Model Citizens Vote was established by friends Cody Milestone and Devon Kelley, as a non-profit organization designed to help encourage millennial voters to flip Congress from Republican control to Democrat control in November. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "“Model Citizens Vote” Enlisted Top Fashion Influencers to Encourage Millennials to Vote," 17 Aug. 2018 Recent polling underscored the real risk that millennial voters won’t turn out as hoped. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The odds that Democrats will take the House in the 2018 midterms keep looking better," 24 July 2018 However, these polls can be just as capricious as millennial voters. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Fickle millennials may not turn out for midterms, helping the GOP, new poll says," 22 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Kimora noted that Baby Phat will shift its focus toward millennials and Gen X customers, a plan that her daughters Ming Lee, 19, and Aoki Lee, 16, will no doubt help execute. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Kimora Lee Simmons’ Baby Phat Is Relaunching This Summer," 11 Mar. 2019 In the years since, the actress has become a feminist icon for her fellow millennials. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Celebrity Instagrams from International Women's Day 2019," 8 Mar. 2019 Indeed, the data show that senior citizens in this area have a median net worth more than three times greater than millennials. Gene Balk / Fyi Guy, The Seattle Times, "Seattle household net worth ranks among top in nation — but wealth doesn’t reach everyone," 19 Feb. 2019 Talk about proving the point of the jokes about millennials. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Monopoly for Millennials," 23 Nov. 2018 There’s such a false perception about millennials and young women. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Karena Evans Is the Storyteller We Need Right Now," 23 Aug. 2018 Kushner also founded an insurance company, Oscar Health, which is focused on millennials. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How Joshua Kushner Built on His Massive Fortune By Backing Start-Ups," 24 July 2018 All this work on millennials is paying off for Workday. Ed Frauenheim, Fortune, "How Workday Became One of the Best Places to Work for Millennials," 26 June 2018 The internet is divided over its opinions on something millennials are doing, because what else is new? Sarah Midkiff,, "New Study Shows Millennials Aren’t Drinking In Bars & Everyone Has An Opinion On It," 9 June 2018

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1664, in the meaning defined above


1991, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of millennial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to a millennium (a period of a thousand years)



English Language Learners Definition of millennial (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who was born in the 1980s or 1990s

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