mil·​len·​ni·​al | \ mə-ˈle-nē-əl How to pronounce millennial (audio) \

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 median adjusted income in a household headed by a millennial was $69,000 in 2017, according to the Pew study. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Ferndale hairstylist explains how he's pulling in $280K per year," 15 June 2019 Back in 2016, Kendall was the face of Estée Lauder's experimental millennial-focused beauty brand called The Estée Edit. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need To Know About Kendall Jenner's Kylie Cosmetics Makeup Collaboration," 4 June 2019 As a millennial, Musgraves loves the memes, of course. Eric Ray Davidson, Glamour, "Kacey Musgraves Isn’t Trying to Please Anybody but Herself," 28 Mar. 2019 Allswell Allswell launched last year with the aim of being an affordable, millennial-focused mattress brand. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "7 New Online Mattress Companies That Want To Sweeten Your Dreams," 15 Feb. 2019 Among the millennial generation, this is no longer the exception. NBC News, "Working Mother's Subha Barry: 6 ways men can help women advance in the workplace," 14 June 2019 But this crop of 28-year-olds came of age during an era of text messages, YouTube and an education system built around standardized testing, a millennial generation defined as those born between 1981 and 2000 by the Pew Research Center. Andy Mccullough,, "How baby boomer managers reach these dang millennial players," 8 June 2019 The first should benefit from the growing spending power and priorities of the millennial generation, loosely covering people born between 1981 and 1996. ... Mike Bird, WSJ, "The Baby Boomer vs. Millennial Investment Smackdown," 6 June 2019 Yet your average Korean woman, particularly of the millennial generation, prefers simplicity. Jenny Bailly, Allure, "What I Learned About the State of K-Beauty in 2019 by Going Straight to the Source," 21 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Unlike the '80s fashions worn in the show, the dialogue still holds up, Williams said, resonating with many people, from the gay community to millennials., "‘Golden Girls’ appears to get better with pop culture age," 3 July 2019 Lindgren also said condos may appeal to millennials who are entering the housing market and want to own, but do not want as much maintenance. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A housing development with seven living options and a park could come to Sussex," 3 July 2019 Unlike the '80s fashions worn in the show, the dialogue still holds up, Williams said, resonating with many people, from the gay community to millennials. Terry Tang,, "Why ‘Golden Girls’ matters even to people who weren’t born when the series first aired," 1 July 2019 In an effort to cater to millennials, Samsung has decided to take a new approach to your average home appliance. Tainaya Nash, House Beautiful, "Samsung Releases Colorful Fridges That Blend into Your Cabinets," 24 June 2019 But Port Covington, an ambitious development geared to millennials to feature offices, a hotel, apartments, and shopping, is not in a census tract that is poor. Jeff Ernsthausen, ProPublica, "One Trump Tax Cut Was Meant to Help the Poor. A Billionaire Ended Up Winning Big.," 19 June 2019 Younger sister Katy Lederer completed a series of 13 columns for the Sunday New York Times offering workplace advice to millennials. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "In Giraffic Park we celebrate the highest form of life," 15 June 2019 Dean Foods purchased Steve’s in 2017 and set about reviving the brand’s marketing strategy to capture new audiences, with millennials as a target demographic. Nora Mcgreevy,, "Art meets marketing for the Instagram age at the ICA," 13 June 2019 Tipton said the demand for tattoos is steadily increasing, in part because of their popularity with millennials. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Crowds throng 2019 Houston Tattoo Arts Convention," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of millennial


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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