millennium

noun mil·len·ni·um \ mə-ˈle-nē-əm \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of millennium

plural millennia play \-nē-ə\ or millenniums
1 a : the thousand years mentioned in Revelation (see revelation 3) 20 during which holiness is to prevail and Christ is to reign on earth
b : a period of great happiness or human perfection
2 a : a period of 1000 years; especially : one reckoned from the beginning of the Christian era
  • at the start of the third millennium
b : a 1000th anniversary or its celebration
  • In 2015 the city of Leipzig, Germany, celebrated its millennium.

Examples of millennium in a Sentence

  1. The book describes the changes that have occurred in the landscape over many millennia.

  2. The year 2000 was celebrated as the beginning of the third millennium.

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Since in Latin mille means "thousand", a millennium lasts 1,000 years. Thus, we're living today at the beginning of the third millennium since the birth of Christ. But some religious sects, relying on a prophecy in the biblical Book of Revelation, speak of a coming millennium when Jesus will return to reign on earth for 1,000 years, evil will be banished, and all will live in peace and happiness. Members of these sects who keep themselves in a constant state of preparedness are called millenarians or millennialists.

Origin and Etymology of millennium

New Latin, from Latin mille thousand + New Latin -ennium (as in biennium)

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MILLENNIUM Defined for English Language Learners

millennium

noun

Definition of millennium for English Language Learners

  • : a period of 1,000 years

  • : a period of a thousand years counted from the beginning of the Christian era


MILLENNIUM Defined for Kids

millennium

noun mil·len·ni·um \ mə-ˈle-nē-əm \

Definition of millennium for Students

plural millennia \-nē-ə\ or millenniums
1 : a period of 1000 years
2 : a 1000th anniversary or its celebration

millennial

\-nē-əl\ adjective


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