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millennium

[mi-len-ee-uh m]
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noun, plural mil·len·ni·ums, mil·len·ni·a [mi-len-ee-uh] /mɪˈlɛn i ə/.
  1. a period of 1000 years.
  2. the millennium, the period of a thousand years during which Christ will reign on earth. Rev. 20:1–7.
  3. a period of general righteousness and happiness, especially in the indefinite future.
  4. a thousandth anniversary.
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Origin of millennium

1630–40; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin mill(e) a thousand + -ennium, extracted from biennium, triennium, etc.
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Related Words

prosperity, utopia, serenity, happiness, paradise

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  • Some day—in the millennium—there may be no need for his type.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • And how long do you give your trumps to sound before your Millennium dawns?

  • When that time comes we may not have reached the millennium but we shall be nearer to it.

  • "I can imagine the millennium of virtue in America," he went on.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • So far as I know, he never wrote a line that had not to do with "The Millennium."

    A Window in Thrums

    J. M. Barrie


British Dictionary definitions for millennium

millennium

noun plural -nia (-nɪə) or -niums
  1. the millennium Christianity the period of a thousand years of Christ's awaited reign upon earth
  2. a period or cycle of one thousand years
  3. a time of peace and happiness, esp in the distant future
  4. a thousandth anniversary
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Derived Formsmillennial, adjectivemillennialist, nounmillennially, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from New Latin, from Latin mille thousand + annus year; for form, compare quadrennium
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Word Origin and History for millennium

n.

1630s, from Modern Latin millennium, from Latin mille "thousand" (see million) + annus "year" (see annual); formed on analogy of biennium, triennium, etc. For vowel change, see biennial. First in English in sense of "1,000-year period of Christ's anticipated rule on Earth" (Rev. xx:1-5). Sense of "any 1,000-year period" first recorded 1711. Meaning "the year 2000" attested from 1970.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

millennium in Culture

millennium

A period of a thousand years foretold in the Book of Revelation. During the millennium, those who have been faithful to Jesus and who have not worshiped the Antichrist will reign with Jesus over the Earth. According to the Book of Revelation, the millennium will precede the final battle for control of the universe; Judgment Day will come afterward.

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Note

The meaning of the Bible's (see also Bible) words about the millennium has been much debated by Christians (see also Christian). Prophecies about the millennium are part of the basic doctrine of several denominations, including Jehovah's Witnesses.

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Figuratively, a “millennium” is a period of great justice and happiness on Earth.
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