Definition of Generation X in English:

Generation X

noun

  • The generation born after that of the baby boomers (roughly from the early 1960s to late 1970s), typically perceived to be disaffected and directionless.

    ‘Generation X has grown up with IT’
    Gen X
    • ‘Didn't we have slacker films and Generation X novels in the early 90s?’
    • ‘But why on earth are younger writers of the so-called Generation X attempting to, as Pound would have it, resuscitate the dead art of poetry?’
    • ‘Third wavers are from Generation X, women who grew up with feminism and never experienced a world without it.’
    • ‘His purpose is obvious - to portray cross country skiing as a sport that is anything but boring in hopes of stimulating greater interest in the sport in the Generation X set.’
    • ‘Not even a war or a government in turmoil can get the new Generation X engaged in current affairs.’
    • ‘Members of Generation X, born between 1963 and 1977, are not slackers.’
    • ‘What if the current Generation X simply stays with obscure cable formats and internet sites for their news?’
    • ‘Contemporary art photography has gained a foothold with the Generation X / 30-something market.’
    • ‘Many Generation X children grew up in an environment of joint custody.’
    • ‘Largely ignored as a group in favor of the country's ongoing fascination with Baby Boomers, Generation X grew up quickly in a society that did not particularly value children.’
    • ‘That generation - once known as Generation X and now in its early thirties - is perhaps uniquely acquainted with no-strings hedonism.’
    • ‘Churchill used stories in wartime to cut through the nation's fear, though he never had to sell his sunlit uplands to a Generation X, oozing post-modern cynicism.’
    • ‘For Generation X, job security lies not with their employers, but in themselves and in having more career choices available to them.’
    • ‘These trends could see future Generation X and Y workers spending more time in positions where superannuation contributions are not compulsory.’
    • ‘Location, functionality, variety and experience must all combine to create the environment Generation X wants.’
    • ‘Apparently Generation X has not been aging, but has been aged 20-29 for more than a decade now.’
    • ‘Before Generation X was even named, it was being marketed to.’
    • ‘Boomers had John and Yoko; punks had Sid and Nancy; Generation X had Kurt and Courtney - who have I got for a bit of generational glamour?’
    • ‘With Generation X families beginning to grow, purveyors of natural and organic products should certainly target young parents, he says.’
    • ‘Being a fully paid member of Generation X, I rarely bother with politics.’

Origin

1950s (originally referring to a generation of young people about whose future there was uncertainty): in recent use popularized by Douglas Coupland in his novel "Generation X" (1991).

Pronunciation:

Generation X

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