mil·​len·​ni·​al | \mə-ˈle-nē-əl \

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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But there are still the requisite conspiracy theories: that Troom Troom is actually run by a millennial woman in San Francisco, or that the Troom Troom girls are being held against their will, forced to make weird DIY videos for ransom. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "YouTube is full of cringey, clickbait DIY channels. They’re even weirder than you think.," 12 Nov. 2018 As seen on Fox & Friends Weekend Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk on Saturday said that young voters' support for Democrats will hurt the millennial generation. Fox News Insider, "Charlie Kirk: Millennials Voting Democrat Is 'Like a Chicken Voting for Colonel Sanders'," 13 May 2018 Meanwhile, a millennial might meticulously outline a work-out plan in their planner to feel fitter and healthier. Oset Babur, Vox, "Why do millennials love bullet journals? Control.," 22 Oct. 2018 SoftBank, which previously owned about 20 percent of the company, is now heavily, heavily dependent on WeWork’s success — a business whose valuation rides as much on its product as its millennial-friendly rebranding of office space. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "SoftBank has a lot to worry about if it strikes this deal with WeWork," 10 Oct. 2018 Marketed as millennial friendly, it’s surrounded by aspirational local brands, including design-savvy accessory and fashion labels, and art galleries. Jane Broughton, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Hotels in Cape Town," 14 Sep. 2018 There’s even a website that offers millennial-friendly news videos. NBC News, "This man is running Russia's newest propaganda effort in the U.S. — or at least he's trying to," 15 June 2018 The new products look strikingly minimalist and millennial-friendly, but with the same turquoise and pink color scheme. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "This Major Beauty Brand Overhauled Its Look to Be Millennial-Friendly," 21 Mar. 2018 Think black, tan, camouflage (my favorite) even millennial pink. Elizabeth Wellington,, "Festival season in Philadelphia is here. Here's what to wear so you don't look like a fool | Elizabeth Wellington," 30 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This is cooking for millennials, who lack the calloused fingers or grit of an old-time cook. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "The Surprising Rewards of Meal Kits," 30 Nov. 2018 Blame the boom on—who else?—millennials, who have fewer children than previous generations, and own more animals. Melissa Batchelor Warnke, Glamour, "Your Marriage Is Over. Who Gets Custody of the Pets?," 26 Nov. 2018 These are 2018’s biggest Instagram influencers: the women of the congressional freshmen class, who are using the platform not just like millennials (which many of them are) but as revolutionaries. Bridget Read, Vogue, "2018’s Biggest Instagram Influencers Are These Congressional Freshmen Women," 21 Nov. 2018 Those pesky millennials, huh, ruining their chances of ever reaching any real savings goals thanks to too much takeaway coffee, avocado toast and $8,000 hair! Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner's Platinum Blonde Birthday Ponytail Cost an Insane Amount of Money," 17 Aug. 2018 Just ask the many millennials, single parents or one-income households in the Phoenix area facing higher monthly costs. Catherine Reagor, azcentral, "Metro Phoenix renters must earn almost $20 an hour to afford an apartment," 1 July 2018 Armed with a new ideology, Owens quickly found a new home, alongside millennials, gays and gamers preaching right-wing politics in online videos. NBC News, "YouTube tested, Trump approved: How Candace Owens suddenly became the loudest voice on the far right," 23 June 2018 Rising rates are likely squeezing first-time home buyers, particularly among millennials, said Lindsey Piegza, chief economist at Stifel, in some cases leaving them with smaller budgets for renovations. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "Home-Improvement Stocks Slide Despite Strong Economy," 7 Nov. 2018 This new acceptance of downtime is an interesting phenomenon among millennials. Jens Ingvarsson, Allure, "What Is the Lip Lift? Experts Explain the Plastic Surgery Procedure," 15 Aug. 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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