millennial

1 of 2

adjective

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

millennial

2 of 2

noun

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

Examples of millennial in a Sentence

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Adjective
And millennial women raised on the girl-power messages of the nineties would smash our heads again and again on the glass ceiling we were told has already been broken. Lyz Lenz, Rolling Stone, 16 Feb. 2024 In-flight connections While Gen Z and millennial TikTokers may just now be catching up to the trading card trend, the phenomenon is not new. Rachel Ventresca, Fortune, 16 Feb. 2024 Jones is a millennial, McKayla Ross Gen Z; to extricate oneself from the internet is unfathomable. Thomas Page, CNN, 29 Jan. 2024 The millennial women leading a new era of fashion journalism Washington Post Sheryl Sandberg is on a mission to make sure Oct. 7 horrors aren’t forgotten Wall Street Journal Where has Tracy Chapman been? Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2024 This story represents a snapshot of millennial Black Southern girlhood. Dennis Zhou, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 Much to the relief of her newfound Gen Z/millennial fans, a second show was subsequently added (for Oct. 20) due to high demand. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 5 Feb. 2024 Nayib Bukele, the millennial president who reshaped El Salvador by cracking down on both gangs and civil liberties, looked poised to win another five years in office after polls closed on Sunday. Natalie Kitroeff, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2024 What’s more, 88% of millennial respondents are carrying extra debt as a result of spending time with that friend and another 80% of Gen Z respondents echo the same sentiment. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 2 Feb. 2024
Noun
Instead of striking up a conversation with their-coworkers, Gen Z and millennials workers are turning to TikTok in a desperate bid to find friends. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 20 Feb. 2024 Like most millennials, my online adulthood is an education in digital self-expression. Jason Parham, WIRED, 19 Feb. 2024 Achieving an income of $525,000 is commendable, and there are certainly millennials in the U.S. who have achieved this financial milestone. Natalie Colley, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 In most workforces, there’s usually a wide range of generational labels like millennials, baby boomers and all the others. Phil Blair, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Feb. 2024 Now, the passive resistance of millennials and Gen Z has spread to the annual tradition of celebrating the Lunar New Year with family. Christian Shepherd, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 That includes 10 percent or about 8 million new owners, the majority of which are millennials. Elaine Markoutsas, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 Lovers & Friends began as a festival in 2022 after Covid delayed its launch years prior, with a lineup that read like a who’s who of any millennial’s Napster downloads featuring headliners Lauryn Hill, Usher, Ludacris and Lil Jon. Steven J. Horowitz, Variety, 23 Jan. 2024 In fact, housing affordability is so strained that two in five Gen Zers and millennials are working side hustles to save for down payments, according to a Redfin study released in September 2023. Sydney Lake, Fortune, 28 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1991, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of millennial was in 1660

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“Millennial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/millennial. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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millennial

1 of 2 adjective
mil·​len·​ni·​al mə-ˈle-nē-əl How to pronounce millennial (audio)
: of or relating to a millennium

millennial

2 of 2 noun
: a person born in the 1980s or 1990s
usually used in plural

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