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Definition of millennial

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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 effects are being felt across the board, from the world's largest travel luggage company, Samsonite International, to Away, a popular millennial direct-to-consumer luggage brand. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, "Travel slump could mean some luggage brands pack up for good," 21 May 2020 In just the last several years, McDonald’s, Motorola Solutions and Kraft Heinz, among other companies, have left their suburban offices to move into downtown Chicago to attract millennial workers who often prefer more urban environments. At A Great Price, ProPublica, "The Big Empty: How Corporate Headquarters Have Abandoned America’s Suburbs," 18 May 2020 Bryan Lapidus isn't your average New York City millennial. Chevaz Clarke, CBS News, "Hero by night: Moonlighting as an EMT on New York City's front lines," 14 May 2020 Though born back in 1929, Leone proved a prophet of Baby Boomer mistrust in every kind of establishment, minus any millennial hope for groovy new replacements. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Sergio Leone’s Fistful of Opera," 2 May 2020 For millennial-era growers, gardens have responded to longings for community and inclusion, especially among marginalized groups. Jennifer Atkinson, The Conversation, "The impulse to garden in hard times has deep roots," 1 May 2020 Instead, the show transforms them into moping people with problems that blend them in with every other millennial. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "The Major Differences Between Hulu's 'Normal People' and the Book," 30 Apr. 2020 While Egyptologists had built up a complex picture of the millennial pharaonic culture, Hattusa was only excavated beginning in the early 20th century. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 30 Apr. 2020 Well, almost two decades later, Romy and Michele are clear millennial fashion muses. Madeline Hirsch, Glamour, "Everyone Is Dressing Like Romy and Michele Right Now," 25 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Especially now, as the coronavirus pandemic has upended the global economy and triggered unprecedented levels of unemployment, many millennials are facing tremendous job insecurity, and no one’s retirement accounts are looking healthy. Svati Kirsten Narula,, "When You Are Your Parents’ Retirement Plan," 18 May 2020 The company currently caters to affluent, liberal Arab millennials like them. Sheila Marikar, 1843, "Arab millennials have a new favourite fashion brand," 7 May 2020 Younger adults ages 18 to 44 – mostly iGen and millennials – have borne the brunt of the mental health effects. Jean Twenge, The Conversation, "New study shows staggering effect of coronavirus pandemic on America’s mental health," 7 May 2020 The problem is particularly acute among the elderly, though millennials increasingly report being lonely—a YouGov survey found one in three are always or often so. Matt Simon, Wired, "This Pandemic Is Lonely. But Don't Call Loneliness an ‘Epidemic’," 5 May 2020 Normal People, Hulu’s miniseries based on the smash hit novel by Sally Rooney, is an epic on a minute scale—the story of two millennials who are drawn together like rain to the bottom of a windowpane. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Normal People Will Remind You of All the Sex You Had Before Quarantine," 28 Apr. 2020 And Nicholson, who is 31, said the three millennials' elections show that people are ready for young, fresh leadership. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Supervisor Marcelia Nicholson elected Milwaukee County Board chairwoman," 24 Apr. 2020 White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said millennials are crucial in flattening the curve. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Florida college students test positive for coronavirus after going on spring break," 23 Mar. 2020 But millennials in the US have been making headway in securing greater flexibility from major employers, and a nascent campaign to implement a four-day work week has found traction at companies in New Zealand, Ireland, and elsewhere. Diksha Madhok, Quartz India, "How to build a brave new world for the young, ambitious Indian woman," 5 Dec. 2019

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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 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of millennial

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: 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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