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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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The Chandler reinvention was a response to the younger demographic in that part of the city, which has drawn the millennial professionals and tech industry crowd over the past few years, Coulson said. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "12-year-old D’Vine Bistro in Chandler is now St. Amand Kitchen & Cocktails. Here's what to expect when you go," 17 July 2019 From McKinney to Arlington to Frisco — some of the newest housing communities in North Texas aren't targeting millennial or first-time buyers. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Dallas' is a top housing market for baby-chasing boomers," 15 July 2019 But even if millennial audiences were capable of feeling the devastation of Mufasa’s death anew, the 2019 movie presents larger concerns. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Uncanny Fun of the Live-Action Lion King," 11 July 2019 For millennial audiences who’ve grown up with Woody and the gang over years of toy stories, the movie may even seem a minor miracle — proof that faith can be kept in a faithless world. Ty Burr,, "‘Toy Story 4’ is a joy to watch," 19 June 2019 The median adjusted income in a household headed by a millennial was $69,000 in 2017, according to the Pew study. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Ferndale hairstylist explains how he's pulling in $280K per year," 15 June 2019 Back in 2016, Kendall was the face of Estée Lauder's experimental millennial-focused beauty brand called The Estée Edit. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need To Know About Kendall Jenner's Kylie Cosmetics Makeup Collaboration," 4 June 2019 As a millennial, Musgraves loves the memes, of course. Eric Ray Davidson, Glamour, "Kacey Musgraves Isn’t Trying to Please Anybody but Herself," 28 Mar. 2019 Allswell Allswell launched last year with the aim of being an affordable, millennial-focused mattress brand. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "7 New Online Mattress Companies That Want To Sweeten Your Dreams," 15 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The app also features games, quizzes, polls, and a variety of camera filters to snap a selfie (as every millennial dating show should). Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Everything You Need to Know About How to Vote on 'Love Island' USA," 10 July 2019 There’s the obvious: Uber wants to be the ultimate transportation app, and adding bikes to their fleets is good for the environment and appealing to eco-conscious millennials. Molly Longman,, "Can Uber's JUMP Bikes Reimagine Your Morning Commute?," 5 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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