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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 This amounts to more than half (55%) of all millennial women in the U.S., per Pew Research Center’s report. Marija Butkovic, Forbes, "This Female-Led FoodTech Company Is Disrupting Nutrition Solutions For Babies And Children, Offering A Unique Community Platform To Support Parents Globally," 7 May 2021 The choices by Vyas and other members of the millennial generation of where to live have reshaped the country’s political geography over the past decade. Nicholas Riccardi, Anchorage Daily News, "Census shows young adults are moving south and west, reshaping America’s political geography," 27 Apr. 2021 There are very real reasons that millennial women, as a generation, all feel so deeply fixated on work. Elizabeth Uviebinené,, "Avoid Burnout By Scheduling Time For Self-Care," 25 Apr. 2021 The choices by Vyas and other members of the millennial generation of where to live have reshaped the country's political geography over the past decade. Star Tribune, "Young adults' relocations are reshaping political geography," 25 Apr. 2021 The millennial generation, which makes up about 50 percent of today’s workforce, is bigger and more diverse than previous generations. Lynn Rosenthal, Rolling Stone, "The Post-Pandemic Generation: 7 Tips for Partnering With Nonprofits to Evoke Social Change," 19 Apr. 2021 Technology does help with any concerns millennial homebuyers may have. Amber Randall,, "Young homebuyers are snapping up houses they’ve never even seen," 30 Apr. 2021 Bashir successfully monetized the millennial fetish for experiences and managed to keep a travel business afloat during a pandemic. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Ruzwana Bashir Is the Reason Your Instagram Feed Is All Ziplines and Waterfalls," 29 Apr. 2021 Oyeyemi punctuates these moments with her signature humor, a kind of millennial mundane that grounds her otherwise fantastical works. Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic, "Helen Oyeyemi’s Impossible Places," 28 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But Otero Alcántara, an Afro-Cuban millennial from a downtrodden area of Old Havana that tourists rarely venture into, does not fit the traditional image of an anti-Castro militant fighting to return the island to the days before the revolution. Patrick Oppmann, CNN, "Why is one of Cuba's most rebellious artists still isolated in a government hospital?," 12 May 2021 From the small-business owner who is struggling to make payroll to the millennial attempting to make his first home purchase, high property-tax burdens affect everyone. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Another Twist of the Knife: Introducing a New Death Tax," 1 May 2021 Like many-a-millennial, my introduction to grillz (which is, indeed, the correct spelling) came about while watching Nelly’s 2005 music video of the same name. Lela London, Forbes, "Grillz Are Back, And Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster Is Taking A Bite," 1 Mar. 2021 But where Joe Biden used an Irish poet’s deft touch and deep introspection, Hunter Biden deploys a millennial’s lack of filter. Philip Elliott, Time, "Hunter Biden On Making His Own Crack, Living with His Dealer and His Family’s Effort to Keep Him Alive," 6 Apr. 2021 Ariana Grande is switchin’ positions with fellow pop millennial Nick Jonas and joining the next season of The Voice. Jennifer Zhan, Vulture, "Ariana Grande Is Switchin’ Positions With Nick Jonas and Joining The Voice As a Coach," 30 Mar. 2021 But Bell also suggested that there was a generational difference between someone like him, who came of age in the eighties and nineties, and a millennial like Irving. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "The Rise of the Athlete Podcaster," 29 Mar. 2021 In recent years, the nature of a traditional registry evolved to one that fits an experience-minded millennial. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, "During COVID, wedding registries favor home goods rather than the previously popular experiences," 28 Mar. 2021 Today, the average net worth of a typical millennial is just around $8,000, far less than past generations that came of age in the second half of the twentieth century and first decade of the 2000s. Chris Moody, The New Republic, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Living Nowhere," 30 Mar. 2021

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1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1991, in the meaning defined above

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“Millennial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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