[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. milledgeville,
  2. millefeuille,
  3. millefiori,
  4. millefleur,
  5. millefleurs,
  6. millenarianism,
  7. millenary,
  8. millennia,
  9. millennial,
  10. millennial church

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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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper