[mil-uh-nair-ee-uh n]


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

Related Words for millenarian

millenarian, millenary, chiliastic, millennial, millesimal

Examples from the Web for millenarian

Historical Examples of millenarian

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

  • 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




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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Word Origin and History for millenarian

1550s, "one who believes in the coming of the (Christian) millennium," from Latin millenarius (see millennium) + -ian. As an adjective, "pertaining to the millennium," from 1630s. Related: Millennarianism.

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