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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Think black, tan, camouflage (my favorite) even millennial pink. Elizabeth Wellington,, "Festival season in Philadelphia is here. Here's what to wear so you don't look like a fool | Elizabeth Wellington," 30 May 2018 Each of the seven Cover Shot palettes is loosely based on a theme — metallics, minimalist shades, holographic pastels, rose gold, punky purples, glitter, and even millennial pink. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Smashbox Teamed Up with Influencer Jasmine Sanders to Launch 7 New Mini Eye Palettes," 11 July 2018 The film arguably created millennial pink, launched a nationwide, still-going-strong macaron trend, and became the inspiration for countless Pinterest party mood boards., "Why Marie Antoinette Is Really Mean Girls, Versailles Edition," 10 July 2018 The open floor plan office sits right next to a Drybar and is outfitted entirely in millennial pink, complete with Himalayan salt lamps and a tanning deck. Georgia Slater,, "Everything We Hope Happens in Legally Blonde 3 — From Tackling #MeToo to Elle Woods’ New Dog," 8 June 2018 Starting tomorrow, June 6, New Yorkers will once more get to enjoy the whimsical, millennial pink MOIC. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Museum of Ice Cream Wants to Be in Every State in the U.S.," 5 June 2018 Wisteria is a pastel purple tone that lies somewhere between lavender and millennial pink. Lyndsey Matthews, Redbook, "The New Sally Hansen and Crayola Collection Is Everything Your Nails Need This Spring," 17 Apr. 2018 Just this past week alone, Emma Roberts, Paris Jackson, and Leighton Meester all debuted new dye jobs ranging from millennial pink to peach to platinum. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "BTS Members Debut Matching Black Hair Color," 3 Apr. 2018 Delaware County’s millennial growth rate from 2005 to 2016 was 28.5 percent, while Montgomery County’s was 20 percent. Cassie Owens,, "Forecasters: Philly's millennial transplants will depart for the 'burbs. Millennials: Nah," 9 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As Instagram and YouTube supplanted blogs, Twitter and Vine as the most popular platform for social engagement among millennials, Cotton followed his audience. Jeff Weiss,, "How Instagram and YouTube help underground hip-hop artists and tastemakers find huge audiences," 4 July 2018 Meanwhile, the one-time payment method of the future—using smartphone apps like Apple Pay—appears to have fizzled among millennials, who are embracing debit cards instead. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "The Latest Must-Have for Millennials? Fancy Debit Cards," 1 July 2018 Among white millennials, 54 percent know someone who has dealt with an opioid addiction. Stephanie Perry And Andrew Arenge /, NBC News, "Millennial poll: 42 percent know someone who has dealt with opioid addiction," 15 June 2018 To shift a little, there’s this reticence among millennials, among people who watched the financial crisis, to invest. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The first woman president of the NYSE would really rather not talk about her gender," 14 June 2018 Rates of colorectal cancer are rising among millennials in the U.S., and a growing number of people under the age of 55 are dying of the disease. Korin Miller, SELF, "The American Cancer Society Wants You to Start Colorectal Cancer Screening Earlier," 1 June 2018 The dramatic decrease completely erased the positive sentiment Snapchat had built up among millennials for two years. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "“Better Now Than Never”: Evan Spiegel Backtracks, but Snap Fans Are Still Fuming," 11 May 2018 But a survey released Thursday, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, found that many adults lack basic knowledge of what happened -- and this lack of knowledge is more pronounced among millennials, whom the survey defined as people ages 18-34. New York Times,, "More than 40% of Americans don't know what Auschwitz is, survey finds," 12 Apr. 2018 Christina & David A Brief History of Their Love Story: Like most millennials, college students Christina* and David* met on a dating app — specifically, Tinder — in the summer of 2015. Grace Gavilanes,, "Just Like Ariana & Pete, These Real Couples Got Engaged Within Weeks — But Are They Still Together?," 26 June 2018

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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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