Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A span of one thousand years.
  • n. A thousand-year period of holiness mentioned in Revelation 20, during which Jesus and his faithful followers are to rule on earth.
  • n. A hoped-for period of joy, serenity, prosperity, and justice.
  • n. A thousandth anniversary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A period of time consisting of one thousand years.
  • n. The period of one thousand years during which Christ will reign on earth (according to Millenarianist interpretations).
  • n. A period of universal happiness, peace or prosperity; a utopia.
  • n. The year 2000.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A period of one thousand years.
  • n. The period of a thousand years mentioned 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.
  • n. A long period of happiness, righteousness, and prosperity, usually considered as being in the indefinite future.
  • n. A thousandth anniversary

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An aggregate of a thousand years; a period or interval of one thousand years: as, the millennium of the occupation of Iceland celebrated in 1874.
  • n. Specifically In theology, a period during which the kingdom of Christ will be established upon the earth and will predominate over all other authority.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (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
  • n. a span of 1000 years
  • n. the 1000th anniversary (or the celebration of it)

Etymologies

New Latin mīllennium : Latin mīlle, thousand; see gheslo- in Indo-European roots + Latin annus, year; see at- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From post-classical Latin millennium, from Latin mīlle ("thousand") + -ennium (from annus ("year")). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • However, I had just made what I called my millennium resolution—a resolution for the next one thousand years.

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  • My beliefs are that God may have designed the universe, but did it over more than a week maybe we got our units of time mixed up; a day should be what we call a millennium?

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  • A system that at the turning of the new century, and new millennium, is still atoning for its sins of the '70s.

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  • Proclaiming your intention to cut greenhouse gases by 99.9% before the end of next millennium is so much safer than suggesting a date for troop withdrawals from Iraq, or promising to sort out problems in the National Health Service.

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  • The ritual, which has taken place for more than half a millennium, is believed to make the children grow up healthy and strong.

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  • Andrew Walls, the church historiographer, notes the most striking feature of Christianity at the beginning of the third millennium is that it is ‘predominantly a non-Western religion.’

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  • I would have thought that between Star Wars and Y2K everyone by now would know that millennium is spelled with two n's

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  • It was part of what is sometimes referred to as the millennium plot.

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  • This wonderful plateau we stand on today and the fabulous vision it presents for all Canadians in a new millennium is not a place we happened upon by accident.

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  • It's the word millennium bug or year 2000 problem.

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