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

Ship was created collaboratively by Betches Media, a lifestyle company for millennial women, and Match Group, which owns Tinder and OkCupid. Jennifer Miller, New York Times, "Maybe the Best Way to Find Love Is … Not on an App?," 6 Sep. 2019 Read more:Can millennial women save sport fishing in the Great Lakes? Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Big changes could be coming to Michigan walleye, trout, perch fishing," 6 July 2019 Only about one in ten is a woman; one in 20 is a millennial (roughly defined as the generation born between 1981 and 1996). The Economist, "A rare peep at the finances of Britain’s 0.01%," 29 June 2019 Studies show the millennial workforce prefers to live and work in urban environments. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "Pearl Street apartments riding latest wave of new rentals in downtown Hartford," 16 June 2019 In 2016, 48 percent of millennial women were mothers, according to the study. Real Estate, "An infatuation with houseplants takes root in the millennial culture," 12 June 2019 San Diego’s philanthropic billionaire Ernest Rady is putting his wallet behind a local tech startup modernizing the life insurance industry, hoping the company can bring sleek, millennial-friendly tools to the antiquated industry. Carolyne Corelis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local billionaire Ernest Rady backs San Diego tech startup Assurance," 6 June 2019 Taylor is a millennial and a gamer with an objective to be the best. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "In ‘Billions,’ a Male-Dominated World Makes Way for a Nonbinary Genius," 21 Mar. 2018 Per the Deloitte survey, 70% of Gen Z households (ages 14 to 20) had a streaming subscription in 2017, as did 68% of millennial households (ages 21 to 34). Washington Post, "Why streaming services are the new credit card rewards binge," 22 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Popularity among Wall Streeters, millennials and a diverse crowd means there will be more BCHs soon. Dwight Brown, Essence, "ESSENCE Eats: The New York Fashion Week Edition," 7 Sep. 2019 In a favorable sign for millennials and new arrivals seeking housing, South Florida ranks fourth nationally in 2019 apartment construction, with more than 13,000 new units coming online by year’s end. David Lyons,, "Rent prices keep rising, but here’s how some renters may finally get a break," 6 Sep. 2019 Video game accessories: Tips to help you fine tune the feel, sound and seat of your game Everybody's playing games: More women play video games now than teen boys do, millennials and boomers play, too Follow Marc on Twitter: @marc_saltzman. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "'NBA 2K20,' 'Gears 5,' 'Borderlands 3' and 'Zelda' make for big month of new video games," 31 Aug. 2019 And if the nominee is more centrist — Joe Biden, for instance — millennials and minorities might sit out the election. Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Michelle Obama for president. The only one who can beat Trump?," 24 Aug. 2019 Conway is confident in the strength of the market because of the particular dynamics at play: Older millennials and baby boomers are competing for the same homes. Shirley Leung,, "Recession on the horizon? Local business leaders aren’t convinced," 21 Aug. 2019 According to a 2018 study conducted by gay social network Hornet and Kantar Consulting, 31% of people born after 1997 identify as LGBTQ+, compared with 20% of millennials and 8% of baby boomers. Mitchell Kuga, Billboard, "Meet the Companies Helping Artists and Labels Reach LGBTQ Fans," 8 Aug. 2019 Three varieties of whimpering white-boy singers join in too, with the heartthrob Shawn Mendes enticing Gen Y, the emo-ish rocker Ben Gibbard making millennials and Gen-Xers cry, and Randy Newman representing Chance’s not-insubstantial boomer base. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Chance the Rapper Wants You to Get Married," 30 July 2019 Today, a booming condo market serves the sea of hip millennials and wealthy empty-nesters flowing into the area. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Little Italy: Storied past and dynamic present make for a must-visit destination," 30 June 2019

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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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