[ mil-uh-nair-ee-uh n ]
/ ˌmɪl əˈnɛər i ən /


of or relating to a thousand, especially the thousand years of the prophesied millennium.
of or relating to the millennium, especially of Christian prophecy, or millennialism: millenarian zeal.


a believer in the coming of the millennium.

Origin of millenarian

First recorded in 1545–55; millenary + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for millenarian

  • When Islm entered upon the tenth century of its existence, there was throughout Persia and India a millenarian movement.

    The Faith of Islam|Edward Sell
  • She had become deeply impressed with the millenarian fervour which laid hold of so many some twenty-five or thirty years ago.

    The Fair Haven|Samuel Butler

British Dictionary definitions for millenarian



/ (ˌmɪlɪˈnɛərɪən) /


of or relating to a thousand or to a thousand years
of or relating to the millennium or millenarianism


an adherent of millenarianism
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