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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Scott, who is just a few years out of the millennial age bracket, shares that desire. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "How young liberals' moves to Red America may temper political divides," 6 July 2018 Generally, more millennial women than men attend festivals. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As Summerfest in Milwaukee gets older, the 51-year-old festival is feeling younger," 26 June 2018 Cincinnati and Louisville snagged spots on SmartAsset's study of millennial movements. Sarah Brookbank,, "Where are millennials moving? Cincinnati and Louisville make the list," 19 June 2018 Like any millennial, Anthony Boyle grew up with J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world in his life. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "Anthony Boyle, the Maybe Bad Boy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," 5 June 2018 Winter may be coming, but don’t expect the millennial in your life to put down their cold brew. Sarah Brookbank,, "Snag some free cold brew Friday at Dunkin' Donuts," 6 Apr. 2018 Glossier is also the first beauty brand to speak the visual language of the millennial: pared back, lots of white space, simple fonts. Amy Larocca, The Cut, "The Magic Skin of Glossier’s Emily Weiss," 9 Jan. 2018 According to Pew Research data, millennial women accounted for 82 percent of US births in 2016. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "This Company Wants Your Fertility Data," 13 July 2018 Edelman’s perspective is decidedly pro-millennial, a generation that has been derided for killing comedy with its overly politically correct disposition. Nick A. Zaino Iii,, "Comic Alex Edelman took the long way back to Boston," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One of the Marriotts will be a full-service hotel, with the other opening under the chain’s AC Hotel brand aimed at millennials. David Lyons,, "Dania Pointe to offer 600 apartments starting at $1,600 a month, as well as bowling, movies," 13 July 2018 Beer is not supposed to be nectar for the upper middle class, or for high-living millennials who can’t pay the rent after paying $35 for six bottles of some Dogfish Head experiment. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds need the off day, and other MLB thoughts," 12 July 2018 Overall, the Pew Survey found that millennials strongly favored Obama — a whopping 62 percent — whereas Gen X-ers, baby boomers, and the silent generation favored Reagan. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Americans were asked to name the best president of their lifetime, and Obama won," 11 July 2018 As many of these voters name him as pick the next five presidents combined: No doubt much of this reflects not only the liberal leanings of younger voters but also the gap in experience: Only the oldest millennials remember much from Reagan’s era. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Poll: Barack Obama Was the Greatest President of Our Lifetime," 11 July 2018 Not to mention all the millennials — and Kim Kardashian — dying their hair bottle gray. Jessica Berger Gross, Longreads, "Gone Gray," 10 July 2018 Everybody is always telling me about millennials or about the future—this is the future. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Beyoncé Is Collaborating With Balmain on a Charitable Capsule Collection," 10 July 2018 Rental rates began to rise sharply as millennials coming downtown to work for the likes of Quicken Loans found homes in the district. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Here's what you might not know about Corktown's history," 9 July 2018 Orlando renters in large apartment complexes are paying $107 more on average per month than a year ago, according to a national analyst — and that coincides with a rise in millennials buying homes. Bill Zimmerman,, "Orlando rents spike as more millennials consider home buying," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of millennial


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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