millennium

millennium
millennium [mi len′ē əm]
n.
pl. millenniums or millennia [mi len′ēə] [ModL < L mille, thousand + annus, year (after L biennium): see ANNUAL]
1. any period of 1,000 years [2000 B.C. through 1001 B.C. is the 2d millennium B.C.]
2. a period of 1,000 years reckoned from a certain time, esp. from the beginning of the Christian Era (A.D. 1) [the year A.D. 2001 marks the beginning of the third millennium]
3. a 1,000th anniversary or its commemoration
4. any period of great happiness, peace, prosperity, etc.; imagined golden age
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the millennium
[sometimes M-] Christian Theol. the period of 1,000 years during which Christ will reign on earth: Rev. 20:1-5
millennial
adj.
millennialism
n.
millennialist
n.

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