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mɪˈlɛn i əm; -ni əmil·len·ni·um

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. millennium, millenary(noun)

    a span of 1000 years

  2. millennium(noun)

    (New Testament) in Revelations it is foretold that those faithful to Jesus will reign with Jesus over the earth for a thousand years; the meaning of these words have been much debated; some denominations (e.g. Jehovah's Witnesses) expect it to be a thousand years of justice and peace and happiness

  3. millennium, millenary(noun)

    the 1000th anniversary (or the celebration of it)


  1. Millennium(n.)

    Hence: A long period of happiness, righteousness, and prosperity, usually considered as being in the indefinite future.

    Etymology: [LL., fr. L. mille a thousand + annus a year. See Mile, and Annual.]

  2. Millennium(n.)

    A thousandth anniversary; especially, Each first day of January falling in a year which is a multiple of one thousand, such as in 1000 a. d. or 2000 a. d.; as, the second millenium will be celebrated on January 1, 2000; also used attributively, as a millenium celebration. Technically, if the calendar of the Common Era (Anno Domini) is considered as beginning on January 1, 1 a. d., then the millenium will fall in each year ending in 001, as in 1001 a. d. or January 1, 2001 a. d.. However in the common culture, the change of the first digit of the year from 1 to 2, as from 1999 to 2000 is considered as the more symbolic event, especially since the dating of the beginning of the Christian era is somewhat arbitrary, having been an attempt to fix the date of the birth of Christ, and being considered by scholars as being in error by as much as five years.

    Etymology: [LL., fr. L. mille a thousand + annus a year. See Mile, and Annual.]


  1. millennium(Noun)

    A period of time consisting of one thousand years.

    Etymology: From post-classical millennium, from mille + -ennium (from annus).

  2. millennium(Noun)

    The period of one thousand years during which Christ will reign on earth (according to Millenarianist interpretations).

    Etymology: From post-classical millennium, from mille + -ennium (from annus).

  3. millennium(Noun)

    A period of universal happiness, peace or prosperity; a utopia.

    Etymology: From post-classical millennium, from mille + -ennium (from annus).

  4. millennium(Noun)

    The year 2000.

    Etymology: From post-classical millennium, from mille + -ennium (from annus).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Millennium(noun)

    a thousand years; especially, the thousand years mentioned in the twentieth chapter in the twentieth chapter of Revelation, during which holiness is to be triumphant throughout the world. Some believe that, during this period, Christ will reign on earth in person with his saints

    Etymology: [LL., fr. L. mille a thousand + annus a year. See Mile, and Annual.]


  1. Millennium

    A millennium is a period of time equal to one thousand years. It derives from the Latin mille, thousand, and annus, year. It is often, but not necessarily, related to a particular dating system. Sometimes, it is used specifically for periods of thousand years that begin at the starting point of the calendar in consideration, or in later years that are whole number multiples of a thousand years after it. The term can also refer to an interval of time beginning on any date. Frequently in the latter case it may have religious or theological implications. Sometimes in use, such an interval called a "millennium" might be interpreted less precisely, i.e., not always being exactly 1000 years long. It could be, for example, 1050, 1500, etc.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Millennium

    mil-len′i-um, n. a thousand years: the thousand years during which, as some believe, Christ will personally reign on the earth.—adj. Millenā′rian, lasting a thousand years: pertaining to the millennium.—n. one believing in the millennium.—ns. Millenā′rianism, Mil′lenarism, the doctrine of millenarians.—adj. Mill′enary, consisting of a thousand.—n. a thousand years.—adj. Millenn′ial, pertaining to a thousand years, or to the millennium.—ns. Millenn′ialist, a believer in the millennium; Millenn′ianism, Millenn′iarism, belief in the millennium. [L. mille, 1000, annus, a year.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. millennium

    1. A thousand years beginning with Now and ending with Then. 2. A mythical period when every one will pay his debts and begin tomorrow again on renewed credit. 3. A religious cycle which has no visible means of support, even admitting the ideality of time. Hence, by extension and usage--[Here insert a Mergenthaler pi line of thirty-two ems.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of millennium in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of millennium in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of millennium in a Sentence

  1. Albino Oliveira:

    Strong falls in bank shares in the last few days, especially Millennium BCP, drew the attention of investors who took advantage to get back into these stocks at lower prices amid high volatility, the lack of reaction in debt yields to the environment of political uncertainty shows the market is following the situation but is not stressing out about it.

  2. Andrew Collins:

    I saw the goat that someone had drawn on Strava in Perth a couple of months ago and thought ‘something needs to be done in Canberra,’ so with a bit of creative stop-starting, I mapped out the Millennium Falcon.

  3. Jake Baum:

    We're currently at a sort of crossroads in global malaria control, we've had decades of progress in reducing the number of deaths from the turn of the millennium. But we've kind of reached this point where we sort of stalled in our progress and there are some worrying signs of emerging drug resistance, just like you have antibiotic resistance to bacteria.

  4. Andrew Schurer:

    The eruption of Mount Tambora in April 1815 was among the most explosive of the last millennium, it had an enormous impact locally, devastating the island of Sumbawa.

  5. Jeb Bush:

    There's lots of people that could be effective leaders of the moon, let me think about it, I'll get back to you on that in the next millennium.

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