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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[New Latin mīllennium : Latin mīlle, thousand; see gheslo- in Indo-European roots + Latin annus, year; see at- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From post-classical Latin millennium, from Latin mīlle ("thousand") + -ennium (from annus ("year")).

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