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Definition of millennial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to a millennium This geopolitical specification of the millennium—this identification of the New Jerusalem with a particular place and people—was rare, even in a time of millennial fervor.— Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
2 : of, relating to , or belonging to the generation of people born in the 1980s or 1990s : of or relating to millennials More than 60% of millennial voters support the birth control mandate.— Katie McDonough



Definition of millennial (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of millennial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The signature Glossier millennial pink will definitely be a statement maker amongst all of your travel accessories. Kristin Corpuz, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 July 2022 In more recent years, hot pink became a direct response to the tyranny of earth tones, beige, and millennial pink. Katy Kelleher,, 14 July 2022 These metrics rewarded athletes who recorded a higher percentage of followers who are female or in the Gen Z and millennial age cohorts. Julia Poe,, 27 Aug. 2021 And like most of my millennial cohorts, I've been left to figure out everything from credit scores, to lease agreements and investing on my own. Josh Rivera, USA TODAY, 3 Dec. 2020 Pew Research Center reported in May that 71% of millennial adults and 67% of Generation Z adults say climate change should be a top priority to ensure a sustainable planet for future generations. Kelly O'keefe, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Thousands — especially Gen Zers and millennial adults — seemed hungry for new connections as summer began and coronavirus restrictions lifted. New York Times, 15 Aug. 2021 There was a glimmer of hope for millennial women who survived the low-rise jeans, baby tees, and six-pack-abbed pop stars of the early aughts when the Kardashians came onto the scene. Michelle Konstantinovsky, Glamour, 3 May 2022 Biden won in large part because Gen Z and millennial voters made up 30% of the electorate in 2020, up from 23% just four years earlier. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Stevens, who was chief of staff to former President Barack Obama's auto task force that rescued General Motors and what was then Chrysler in 2009, is a wonky millennial. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, 3 Aug. 2022 Indeed’s AnnElizabeth Konkel, a creative and curious labor market economist and honest-to-goodness millennial, immediately pointed to education as the cause. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 Stern, 40, was the first millennial elected to the state Senate in 2016, representing Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, Simi Valley and western parts of the San Fernando Valley. Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2022 The comedy about a millennial in East London who becomes romantically involved with a famous film star (played by Nikesh Patel) currently has an impressive 96 percent rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 77 percent score from viewers. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 June 2022 Celebrate the movie's milestone anniversary and enjoy a virtual greeting from Shaggy himself, while living out every millennial's childhood dream. Glenn Garner,, 7 June 2022 Boric, a 36-year-old leftist millennial, said attendees will have an opportunity to make statements if the United States intends to exclude countries. Elliot Spagat, Joshua Goodman And Chris Megerian, Anchorage Daily News, 6 June 2022 As a millennial coming from England, what was your touchstone for ‘80s culture here in America? Evan Romano, Men's Health, 2 June 2022 Valencia is a 33-year-old millennial — a first-term Anaheim councilmember with roots in the Mexican states of Jalisco and Michoacán who has worked for the past six years as a staffer for retiring Assemblymember Tom Daly, a moderate Democrat. Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of millennial


1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1991, in the meaning defined above

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“Millennial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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