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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Along with the new millennium, comes another decade of collectable toys.
▪ Our president, who has been elected to lead us into the new millennium, needs spiritual guidance like all of us.
▪ As the new millennium begins, a world supposedly safe from war has to some degree become a world safe for war.
▪ As the new millennium dawned and women came steadily closer to the top, executives at the summit began to grow uneasy.
▪ How will the new millennium children reconcile conflicting demands on scarce resources against the background of global warming?
▪ So much has been trumpeted about these being the first Games of the new millennium.
▪ A plan to plant 20 trees in Witham to mark the new millennium has been postponed.
▪ As the world approached the cusp of a new millennium, the fire was still spreading.
▪ What is the origin of the millennium bug?
▪ It describes the lushness and abundance of the coming millennium.
▪ In the coming millennium, Dahl predicted, new telecommunications technology will exert a powerful influence for change on the democratic process.
▪ Yet another argument for a return to unions in the coming millennium.
▪ Culture, as we enter the new millennium, becomes the ultimate commodity.
▪ Whatever, bamboo is versatile and appealing and is a great material to rediscover as we enter the new millennium.
▪ What did you do to celebrate the millennium?
▪ As the end of the second millennium approaches, mankind is in a different mood.
▪ As the new millennium dawned and women came steadily closer to the top, executives at the summit began to grow uneasy.
▪ As the new millennium opened, money talked.
▪ As we move towards the end of the millennium the Association is increasingly widening its horizons.
▪ It has a number on it, but not the number of the second millennium.
▪ Let there be a new treaty that deals with the realities of a new millennium.
▪ The circle seems unbroken, and now, in this new millennium, Showcase promises to be even more successful.
▪ The medieval, Renaissance and modern collections cover more than a millennium, from the Dark Ages to the interwar period.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Millennium \Mil*len"ni*um\ (m[i^]l*l[e^]n"n[i^]*[u^]m), n. [LL., fr. L. mille a thousand + annus a year. See Mile, and Annual.]

  1. A period of one thousand years.

  2. Specifically: 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.

  3. Hence: A long period of happiness, righteousness, and prosperity, usually considered as being in the indefinite future.

  4. A thousandth anniversary; especially, Each first day of January falling in a year which is a multiple of one thousand, such as in 1000 a. d. or 2000 a. d.; as, the second millenium will be celebrated on January 1, 2000; also used attributively, as a millenium celebration.

    Note: Technically, if the calendar of the Common Era (Anno Domini) is considered as beginning on January 1, 1 a. d., then the millenium will fall in each year ending in 001, as in 1001 a. d. or January 1, 2001 a. d.. However in the common culture, the change of the first digit of the year from 1 to 2, as from 1999 to 2000 is considered as the more symbolic event, especially since the dating of the beginning of the Christian era is somewhat arbitrary, having been an attempt to fix the date of the birth of Christ, and being considered by scholars as being in error by as much as five years.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


n. 1 A period of time consisting of one thousand years. 2 (context Christianity English) The period of one thousand years during which Christ will reign on earth (according to Millenarianist interpretations). 3 A period of universal happiness, peace or prosperity; a utopia. 4 (context with definite article English) The year in which one period of one thousand years ends and another begins, especially the year 2000.

  1. n. a span of 1000 years

  2. (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

  3. the 1000th anniversary (or the celebration of it)

  4. [also: millennia (pl)]

Millennium (novel)

Millennium is a 1983 science fiction novel by John Varley. Varley later turned this novel into the script for the 1989 film Millennium, both of which are based on Varley's short story "Air Raid", which was published in 1977. It was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award in 1983, and for both the Hugo and Locus Awards in 1984.

Millennium (disambiguation)

A millennium is a period of 1,000 years.

Millennium may also refer to:


A millennium (plural millennia or millenniums) is a period of time equal to 1000 years, also called kiloyears. It derives from the Latin , thousand, and , year. It is often, but not always, related to a particular dating system.

Sometimes, it is used specifically for periods of a thousand years that begin at the starting point (initial reference point) of the calendar in consideration (typically the year "1"), or in later years that are whole number multiples of a thousand years after it. The term can also refer to an interval of time beginning on any date. Frequently in the latter case (and sometimes also in the former) it may have religious or theological implications (see millenarianism). Sometimes in use, such an interval called a "millennium" might be interpreted less precisely, i.e., not always being exactly 1000 years long. It could be, for example, 1050, etc.

Millennium (TV series)

Millennium is an American television series created by Chris Carter (creator of The X-Files), which aired on Fox between 1996 and 1999. The series follows the investigations of ex- FBI agent Frank Black ( Lance Henriksen), now a consultant, with the ability to see inside the minds of criminals, working for a mysterious organization known as the Millennium Group. There was also a crossover episode of The X-Files titled " Millennium" that featured the Millennium Group and Frank Black.

The series was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, though most episodes were ostensibly set in or around Seattle, Washington. The theme music was composed by Mark Snow, who also created the distinctive theme music for The X-Files.

Although the series premiered with impressive ratings, viewership declined throughout its three-season run, and it was canceled by Fox in early 1999.

Millennium (film)

Millennium is a 1989 science fiction film directed by Michael Anderson and starring Kris Kristofferson, Cheryl Ladd, Robert Joy, Brent Carver, Al Waxman and Daniel J. Travanti. The original music score was composed by Eric N. Robertson. The film was marketed with the tagline "The people aboard Flight 35 are about to land 1,000 years from where they planned to."

Millennium is based on the 1977 short story "Air Raid" by John Varley. Varley started work on a screenplay based on that short story in 1979, and later released the expanded story in book-length form in 1983, titled Millennium.

Millennium (song)

"Millennium" is a song by English singer Robbie Williams from his 1998 album I've Been Expecting You. In September 1998, it was released as the album's first track which became Williams' first single to top the UK Singles Chart. The song also received extensive airplay in the United States and Canada, where it was the lead single from Williams' 1999 compilation album, The Ego Has Landed.

The song borrows heavily from the musical arrangement of John Barry's " You Only Live Twice", the title track of the 1967 James Bond film of the same name, said to be one of Williams' favourite James Bond movies. However, it is a re-recording in a slightly different key instead of a direct sample for reasons of cost.

Millennium (Front Line Assembly album)

Millennium is an album by Industrial artists Front Line Assembly, released in 1994 by Roadrunner Records on both Compact Disc and LP formats.

Millennium (Backstreet Boys album)

Millennium is the second album by the American boy band the Backstreet Boys. It was a highly anticipated follow-up to both their U.S. debut album, and their second internationally released album. It was their first album to be released in both the U.S. and internationally in the same form, at the same time.

In the United States, it holds the record for most shipments in one year, with 11 million in 1999. It was nominated for five Grammy Awards and spawned four Top 40 singles, including the single " I Want It That Way". Three of the singles, "I Want It That Way", " Larger than Life" and " Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely", became some of their most successful and remembered hits of all time, with "I Want It That Way" becoming their biggest hit to date. Millennium has since become one of the best-selling albums of all time, selling over 40 million copies worldwide.

Millennium (comics)

"Millennium" was a comic book crossover story line that ran through an eight-issue, self-titled, limited series and various other titles cover dated January and February 1988 by DC Comics. The limited series was published weekly, which was a departure for an American series. It was written by Steve Englehart, and with art by Joe Staton and Ian Gibson.

Millennium (Monstrosity album)

Millennium is the second studio album by death metal band Monstrosity, released in 1996 and produced by Scott Burns. This is the last album to feature George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher on vocals, as he went on to join the death metal band Cannibal Corpse. It was released on Conquest Music, Inc worldwide and licensed to Nuclear Blast for a European release. It was later licensed by Hammerheart Records (Netherlands) and re-released in the early 2000s for Europe.

Millennium (Disc Golf)

Millennium Golf Discs was founded in 1995 by John Houck and Harold Duvall to produce discs for disc golf. In 2008, Millennium became a subsidiary of Circular Productions, LLC under the leadership of the original co-founder John Houck. The company does not own any retail outlets but is a worldwide manufacturer of original premium golf discs. Millennium Golf Discs home office is in Austin, Texas.

Millennium (The X-Files)

"Millennium" is the fourth episode of the seventh season of the science fiction television series The X-Files. It premiered on the Fox network in the United States on November 28, 1999. It was written by Vince Gilligan and Frank Spotnitz and directed by Thomas J. Wright. The episode is a "Monster-of-the-Week" story, unconnected to the series' wider mythology. "Millennium" earned a Nielsen household rating of 9.1, and was watched by 15.09 million people in its initial broadcast. The episode received mixed reviews from television critics; some felt that the episode's plot was creepy and engaging, while others felt that it was not a decent conclusion for the Millennium television series.

The show centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder ( David Duchovny) and Dana Scully ( Gillian Anderson) who work on cases linked to the paranormal, called X-Files. Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, while the skeptical Scully has been assigned to debunk his work. In this episode, an associate of the Millennium Group—a secret society which believes the apocalypse will happen on the new year of 2000—resurrects the dead for use in bringing about the apocalypse. As a result, Mulder and Scully have to ask the help of criminal profiler Frank Black ( Lance Henriksen), a man who has former experience with the shadowy group, for assistance.

The episode serves as a crossover with the series Millennium, also developed by the creator of The X-Files Chris Carter, and was meant to bring closure to the recently cancelled series. The writers had a difficult time coming up with a story that would successfully allow Frank Black and Mulder and Scully to cross paths. Lance Henriksen later expressed disappointment with the episode. The idea to use zombies had originally been slated to appear in an aborted project X-Files remake of George A. Romero's cult 1968 zombie film Night of the Living Dead. In addition, the episode is notable because it features the first romantic kiss between Mulder and Scully, described as "inevitable" by one critic. Thematically, the episode has been analyzed for its use of Biblical quotes from the Gospel of John and the Book of Revelation.

Millennium (Indian band)

Millennium is an Indian metal band from Bangalore. The band was formed in 1988 as one of the first Indian metal bands.

Millennium (Earth, Wind & Fire album)

Millennium is the sixteenth studio album by African-American funk music group Earth, Wind & Fire released in 1993 for their return to Warner Bros. Records after a 21-year absence from that label. However, due to the poor sales, Warner Bros. Records dropped them after the album released.

Millennium (season 1)

The first season of the serial crime- thriller television series Millennium commenced airing in the United States on October 25, 1996, concluding on May 16, 1997, and consisting of twenty-two episodes. It tells the story of retired FBI Agent Frank Black ( Lance Henriksen). Black has moved to Seattle, Washington with his family and has begun working with a mysterious organization known only as the Millennium Group. He investigates cases with members of the Group and the Seattle Police Department, contributing his remarkable capability of relating to the monsters responsible for horrific crimes. He finds that his daughter has inherited the same "gift" that he has, while the cases become increasingly more personal.

Critics received season one well. Although the show got the highest number of viewers for a pilot episode for the Fox Network at the time, it steadily dropped in the ratings, which led to it losing the Sunday slot to its sister show, The X-Files. The main cast of the show were Henriksen as Frank Black and Megan Gallagher as Catherine Black.

Millennium (video game series)

Millennium is a Japanese-style role-playing video game series by Aldorlea Games. It is set in a fantasy medieval world where players take control of a young peasant girl named Marine. Several other characters join her later in the game and in the sequels. There are five games in the series. All the games in the series were made with RPG Maker XP and are designed so they can either be played as stand-alone or importing savefiles from one game to another.

Millennium (Holland book)

Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom is a historical study of the Middle Ages by the popular historian Tom Holland. It was first published in 2008 by the Little, Brown Book Group.

Millennium (season 2)

The second season of the serial crime- thriller television series Millennium commenced airing in the United States on September 19, 1997, concluding on May 15, 1998 after airing twenty-three episodes. It tells the story of retired FBI Agent Frank Black ( Lance Henriksen). Black lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife Catherine ( Megan Gallagher) and daughter Jordan ( Brittany Tiplady). He works for a mysterious organization known as the Millennium Group, investigating murders using his remarkable capability of relating to the monsters responsible for horrific crimes. After killing a man who stalked and kidnapped Catherine, Black faces tension within his family while simultaneously being drawn deeper into the sinister Group.

The season began with " The Beginning and the End", which marked the first episode of the series helmed by new co- executive producers Glen Morgan and James Wong, who would remain in charge for the full season. Accolades earned by the season include a Bram Stoker Award nomination for Darin Morgan's " Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me", a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for " Jose Chung's Doomsday Defense" guest star Charles Nelson Reilly and a Young Artist Award win for Tiplady.

Millennium (season 3)

The third season of the serial crime- thriller television series Millennium commenced airing in the United States on October 2, 1998, and concluded on May 21, 1999 after airing twenty-two episodes. It tells the story of retired FBI Agent Frank Black ( Lance Henriksen). Black had previously worked for a private investigative organization, the Millennium Group, but left after the Group unleashed a virus that resulted in the death of Black's wife. Now working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation with agent Emma Hollis ( Klea Scott), Black seeks to discredit and expose the Group for their sinister motives.

The season saw the introduction of a new lead character in Hollis. Scott faced difficulty in securing the role, as Fox executives had desired a white actress for the part instead; Scott's agent fought for her to be given an audition, which proved successful. The season also brought in two new executive producers— Michael Duggan and Chip Johannessen, who had previously written episodes in earlier seasons.

Episodes from the third season have seen generally positive reviews from critics, as has the season as a whole. Stars Henriksen and Brittany Tiplady were nominated for several acting awards for their work on the season—a Golden Globe Award nod for Henriksen and two Young Artist Award nominations for Tiplady. In addition, series cinematographer Robert McLachlan was nominated for two American Society of Cinematographers awards during the season. Ultimately none of these nominations proved successful.

Millennium (novel series)

Millennium is a series of best-selling and award-winning Swedish crime novels, created by Stieg Larsson. The two primary characters in the saga are Lisbeth Salander, a woman in her twenties with a photographic memory and poor social skills, and Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist and publisher of a magazine called Millennium.

Larsson planned the series as having ten installments, but due to his sudden death in 2004, only three were completed and published. All of them were published posthumously: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in 2005, The Girl Who Played with Fire in 2006, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest in 2007.

The series was originally printed in Swedish by Norstedts Förlag, with English editions by Quercus in the United Kingdom and Alfred A. Knopf in the United States. The books have since been translated and published by many publishers in over fifty countries. As of March 2015, 80 million copies of the three books have been sold worldwide.

A fourth book, The Girl in the Spider's Web, commissioned by the publisher Norstedts to continue the series, was published in August 2015. The book is based on Larsson's characters and was written by the Swedish author and crime journalist David Lagercrantz.

Millennium (miniseries)

Millennium is a Swedish six-part television miniseries based on the film adaptations of Stieg Larsson's series of the same name, that was broadcast on SVT1 from 20 March 2010 to 24 April 2010. The series was produced by Yellow Bird in cooperation with several production companies, including SVT, Nordisk Film, Film i Väst and ZDF Enterprises. The miniseries was released later in DVD and Blu-ray in the US under the name Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition.

Millennium was well received and won the award for at Kristallen 2010 and an Emmy Award for "Best TV Movie" in 2011.

Millennium (Cosmic Nomads album)

Millennium is the 3rd album by Australian alternative rock band Cosmic Nomads. The album was recorded in 2008 in Melbourne at Atlantis Sound Studio and released in 2008. Cosmic Nomads worked with renowned engineer Dave McCluney who with 20 years experience has recorded Louis Tillett among other notable artists. The album features classical rock organ, rock versions of songs influenced by Johann Sebastian Bach, Edvard Grieg and Claude Debussy and the voice of Kon Zissis recorded in reverse in track 4 Trolltog – Long Are The Ages. The band performed the album live on stage at various Melbourne venues including the Grand Central Hotel at Richmond and also The Droughtbuster Concert at Euroa. At one stage the album was to be released through Hardrush Music record label but the contract was terminated when communications broke down between the band and label administrators.

Millennium (2015 comic book)

Millennium is a five-issue comic book series published by IDW Publishing from January and August 2015, based on the television series of the same name. The series was written by Joe Harris with artwork by Colin Lorimer, and featured cover art by menton3.

Millennium focuses on Frank Black, a former offender profiler investigating the Millennium Group, a cult-like organisation which had sought to control the end of the world at the turn of the 3rd millennium. Black learns that the Group is still operating over a decade after their supposed defeat, and have recruited his estranged daughter to combat gathering demonic forces.

The first issue, released on January 21, 2015, saw sales of over 8000 issues, though sales figures would subsequently drop. However, the series has been reviewed positively by critics, with Lorimer's artwork frequently singled out for praise. The complete series was collected in a trade paperback after its run was finished.

Usage examples of "millennium".

The Culture-distorting group had not only its old mission of revenge against the West for a millennium of insult and persecution, but it was flaming with the unparalleled injury that was done to it by the renewal of Western exclusiveness in the European Revolution of 1933.

A late-afternoon storm was gathering over the malpais, the black and broken lava field that was all that remained of the fury of a volcanic eruption uncounted millennia ago.

Volcanoes dormant for uncountable millennia suddenly rumbled into full, frightful, fiery life all along the chains of eastern and southern mountains, darkening days with their wind-borne dust and ash, belching molten lava and superheated stones to fire hundreds of square miles of montane forests.

No floods, no fires, no storms, a major moonquake is a minor earthquake -- and significant meteor impacts happen once a millennium.

The original feminine meaning is correct, but the symbolism of the pentacle has been distorted over the millennia.

This has been characterized by a picture of voyages taking centuries or millennia to complete, entailing a strangely planetless existence for the travellers.

For all the relative primitivism of its technology, Grayson had maintained a large-scale space presence for more than half a millennium.

Ruin half a millennium ago, but had by now been mostly resorbed by the earth.

He had spent decades, and his people had lived for many millennia, in the seasonless and warm Underdark.

For kiln-fired pottery, which first appears in the fifth millennium BC in the Near East, combined TL-OSL can date a sherd to within a few hundred years if the conditions are right.

The Court of Stannary was convened there, as it had been for half a millennium, by reading certain decrees of King Edward I.

The Submaster had exactly the same face and figure that she had carried for millennia, but in the eyes and in the corners of her voice, she was changed.

All were printed on Terra, possibly -- some certainly -- a millennium ago, sequestered and preserved as a legacy by the terracentric Order.

Nomura suspected the Unattached agent had seen enough existence to have become more foreign to him than Felizwho was born two millenniums past either of them.

He suffered from a kind of claustrophobia brought on by countless millennia spent wandering the vast unceilinged skies, and felt uncomfortable enclosed like this.