Definition of millenary in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmɪlɪnəri//mɪˈlɛnəri/


  • 1A period of a thousand years.

    Compare with millennium
    1. 1.1 A thousandth anniversary.
      • ‘The Alfred the Great millenary in 1901 makes this problem apparent.’
      • ‘Clearly, much of what was propagated about Alfred at the time of the millenary was based on the accretion of centuries of tradition and myth.’


  • Consisting of a thousand people, years, etc.

    ‘he mustered millenary forces’
    • ‘Thornycroft was thus largely given free rein to devise an idealized image of Anglo-Saxon Englishness in his statue for the millenary commemoration.’
    • ‘For them, the millenary celebrations proffered an avenue to the rebuilding of the cultural self-confidence needed to continue ruling the empire.’


Mid 16th century: from late Latin millenarius ‘having a thousand’, based on Latin mille ‘thousand’.