millennium

millennium (n.) 1630s, from Mod.L. millennium, from L. mille "thousand" + annus "year" (see ANNUAL (Cf. annual)); formed on analogy of biennium, triennium, etc. 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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