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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Several years into the millennial-pink phenomenon, that tender queen-conch color still has us in its grip. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "Rosé Berries Have Arrived," 11 Aug. 2019 The target group for brands like these tends to be millennial and Gen X youth, who have proven to be early and enthusiastic adopters of all kinds of products, from beauty to tech. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Flipkart says Indians are adding Korean beauty products to their carts like never before," 25 July 2019 Last year, two designers launched a Kickstarter campaign for a line of millennial-pink coffin rafts. Washington Post, "Swans. Pineapples. Angel wings. How the novelty pool float conquered Instagram.," 28 June 2019 The Packaging & Product Line Up First off, the packaging is pretty in millennial pink with minimal branding in white letters. Meagan Fredette, Teen Vogue, "Does KylieSkin Care Live Up To The Hype?," 22 May 2019 Despite its aggressive scale, the image is gentle, even welcoming, floating on an unbroken plane of millennial pink. Christopher Alessandrini, The New York Review of Books, "‘Boys Do It Better’: The Paintings of Louis Fratino," 18 May 2019 And in 2016, ombre and millennial pink were the most Instagrammable things ever. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "I Tried The New “Dragon Drink” From Starbucks So You Don’t Have To," 2 May 2019 Okay, so this is a huge let down—the Full Pink Moon won't actually be turning the perfect shade of millennial pink. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Full Pink Moon," 12 Apr. 2019 After all, suitcases come in the perfect shade of millennial pink now. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Complete Guide to Packing," 28 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Americans prefer real estate to any other investment, a new survey shows—with millennials liking it most. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Americans still think they can make money flipping houses," 19 July 2019 Along with millennials, Laubach said older people are another group driving the tiny home boom. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Tiny homes as affordable and alternative housing gain in popularity. Colorado is at forefront of the movement.," 5 July 2019 This summer, millennials are not just rocking one single necklace but simultaneously wearing all of their favorite chains. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Style Report: Stacked Necklaces Is Your Summer Jewelry Trend," 17 July 2019 Now, the 32 percent of millennials who lean towards the right can tune into Ben Shapiro. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Most Influential People on the Internet," 16 July 2019 The boomers are the second-largest group of homebuyers in the market after the millennials. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Dallas' is a top housing market for baby-chasing boomers," 15 July 2019 While Univision’s core audience was eroding, the company invested hundreds of millions in digital ventures to entice English-speaking millennials. Meg James,, "Univision owners want to sell. After 12 years and $13 billion, what went wrong?," 15 July 2019 For the millennials who experienced The Lion King as children, Disney’s mega-popular 1994 animated feature likely didn’t require much suspension of disbelief. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Uncanny Fun of the Live-Action Lion King," 11 July 2019 The Economist: What is the worst way that millennials have been harmed? The Economist, "Smashed like avocados: how young people are treated by their elders," 10 July 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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