What is a millennial?

The dictionary definition is a person reaching young adulthood around the year 2000 which makes complete sense.

So, is anybody that is born from 1982 onwards? Technically, yes. However, not everybody plies the same trade or adopts the same working methodology in each environment. So let’s get down to the nitty gritty and find out what a millennial is.

It is generally accepted that the 1991 book Generations: The History of America’s Future coined the term. Howe and Strauss define the Millennial cohort as consisting of individuals born between 1982 and 2004 that will impact the future of the workplace/ world.

Other potentials include:

  • According to Iconoclast, a consumer research firm, the first Millennials were born in 1978.
  • Newsweek magazine reported that the Millennial generation was born between

1977 and 1994

  • In separate articles, the New York Times pegged the Millennials at 1976-1990 and 1978-1998.
  • A Time magazine article placed the Millennials at 1980-2000.


The earliest published suggestion for Millennials is 1976 and the latest 2004. Given that a familial generation in developed nations lies somewhere between 25 and 30 years, we might reasonably consider those the start and end points.