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

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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Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner got candid about the surprisingly normal (and very millennial) way she and her fiancé, musician Joe Jonas, initially met in the May issue of Harper's BAZAAR UK. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Met in the Most Millennial Way Possible," 1 Apr. 2019 In addition to spending on the impeachment and millennial campaigns, he's given $16 million to Democratic candidates and party groups this election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "Billionaire activist wants to impeach Trump. NC Democrats aren't so sure. | Charlotte Observer," 18 May 2018 The Divorce Party, a rom-com starring 30 Rock’s Katrina Bowden about a millennial who plans a wedding-caliber bash to get his life back on track after being dumped by his wife, is set for release early next year. Leah Bourne, Glamour, "For Some Women, Finalizing Their Divorce Means Throwing an Actual Party," 28 Nov. 2018 According to Pew Research Center, anyone born in 1997 and after is a part of this new and emerging generation, aka Gen Z, while anyone born between 1981 and 1996 is considered a millennial. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "How Gen Z and Millennials Are Totally Different," 17 Jan. 2019 But on Wednesday, the path to a Menudo for the post-millennial generation became so much brighter. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Are you ready for a new generation of Menudo?," 13 June 2018 Today brings another issue for millennial voters to ponder. James Freeman, WSJ, "Is Adam Schiff Satisfied with NBC News?," 11 Feb. 2019 Rounding out her top three is a millennial pink, cropped, scoop neck cami with matching bottoms, called the Stanton, an east-west street in the Lower East Side neighborhood of NYC. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Ratajkowski Just Debuted a Super Sexy Lingerie Collection on Instagram," 7 Feb. 2019 Model Citizens Vote was established by friends Cody Milestone and Devon Kelley, as a non-profit organization designed to help encourage millennial voters to flip Congress from Republican control to Democrat control in November. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "“Model Citizens Vote” Enlisted Top Fashion Influencers to Encourage Millennials to Vote," 17 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The return of this kind of sheer sock feels in line with all the other nostalgic trends dominating in 2019, which have been suggested to be a form of reassurance and comfort for millennials. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "Sheer Socks Were One of the Biggest Trends From Fashion Week—and They're Only $14 on Amazon," 13 Mar. 2019 The hype was helped by Grande’s teases on social media, which hinted that the video would be a homage to Mean Girls, a movie that has become a cultural touchstone for millennials. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ music video had over 765,000 people watching live," 30 Nov. 2018 The lineup included several first-time performers, including the Weeknd, Janelle Monáe, Kesha and Marshmello, and the 23,000-capacity American Family Insurance Amphitheater featured more shows for millennials than any previous Summerfest. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest in Milwaukee reports lowest attendance in at least 25 years," 13 July 2018 Traditional markers of adulthood, such as moving out of their parents’ homes, getting married, and buying houses, are happening at different rate for millennials than for generations that came of age in the 20th century. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie,, "The triumph of gender-neutral ‘adulting’," 7 July 2018 Stay in a hostel (and no, this isn’t a tip just for millennials). Terry Gardner,, "Save some money — and the planet — with these tips," 4 June 2018 Meet the Arizona Future Caucus, the Arizona Capitol's first caucus specifically for millennials. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "Is there a 'millennial' way to make laws? Arizona legislators form under-40 caucus," 18 Apr. 2018 Next, Thursday’s White House summit for millennials. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "Trump Says He’d Tell His Younger Self Not to Run for President," 22 Mar. 2018 To reach new customers, especially millennials, the 182-year-old house is experimenting with a new approach in its store opening Friday in New York City’s Meatpacking District. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Hermès, Artisan of the Birkin Bag, Rolls Out a Fanny Pack," 3 Apr. 2019

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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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