[mil-len-ee-uh l] /mɪlˈlɛn i əl/

of or relating to a or the .
worthy or suggestive of the .
(usually initial capital letter) Informal. a person born in the 1980s or 1990s, especially in the U.S.; a member of :
Millennials are facing a deep economic crisis.

See millennial generation

1660s, “pertaining to the millennium,” from stem of millennium + -al (1). Meaning “pertaining to a period of 1,000 years” is from 1807. As a noun from 1896, originally “thousandth anniversary.” From 1992 as a generational name for those born in the mid-1980s and thus coming of age around the year 2000.


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