Perennial vs Millennium - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between perennial and millennium

is that perennial is a perennial plant; a plant that is active throughout the year or survives for more than two growing seasons compare (annual), (biennial) while millennium is millennium (thousand-year period).

As an adjective perennial

is lasting or remaining active throughout the year, or all the time.

perennial

English

Adjective

(-)
  • Lasting or remaining active throughout the year, or all the time.
  • a perennial stream
  • (botany, of a plant) Having a life cycle of more than two years. Compare (annual), (biennial).
  • (figuratively) Continuing without cessation or intermission; perpetual; permanent; unceasing; never failing.
  • * 1790 ,
  • The perennial existence of bodies corporate and their fortunes are things particularly suited to a man who has long views…
  • (figuratively) Enduring; lasting; timeless.
  • His artwork has a perennial beauty.
  • (figuratively) Recurrent; appearing or recurring again and again.
  • Change is a perennial theme in politics.

    Derived terms

    * perennially

    Noun

    (Perennial plant) (en noun)
  • A perennial plant; a plant that is active throughout the year or survives for more than two growing seasons. Compare (annual), (biennial).
  • millennium

    English

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • A period of time consisting of one thousand years.
  • *2013 , Dan Pearson, The Guardian , 24 Mar 2013:
  • *:Magnolias are some of the most primitive of our flowering trees, and fossils dating back millennia prove that they have had little need to evolve.
  • (Christianity) The period of one thousand years during which Christ will reign on earth (according to Millenarianist interpretations).
  • * 1911 , (Saki), ‘Tobermory’, The Chronicles of Clovis :
  • An archangel ecstatically proclaiming the Millennium , and then finding that it clashed unpardonably with Henley and would have to be indefinitely postponed, could hardly have felt more crestfallen than Cornelius Appin at the reception of his wonderful achievement.
  • *1971 , , Religion and the Decline of Magic , Folio Society 2012, p. 137:
  • *:the end of the world would be heralded by a series of spectacular and symbolic events […]. According to most commentators, this millennium had already begun.
  • *2011 , (Norman Davies), Vanished Kingdoms , Penguin 2012, p. 117:
  • *:Conrad's later years unfolded in the shadow of the coming Millennium , when the end of the world was forecast.
  • A period of universal happiness, peace or prosperity; a utopia.
  • * 1902 , (William James), The Varieties of Religious Experience , Folio Society 2008, p. 318:
  • But the aggressive members of society are always tending to become bullies, robbers, and swindlers; and no one believes that such a state of things as we now live in is the millennium .
  • (with definite article) The year in which one period of one thousand years ends and another begins, especially the year 2000.
  • Synonyms

    * * kiloyear (kyr) * kiloannum (ka)

    Derived terms

    * millennial * millennium bug English nouns with irregular plurals ----