A microgeneration consisting of persons born 3 years before the end of Millennials and/or 3 years after the start of Generation Z (1992 - 1998).

Similar to Xennials (also known as the Oregon Trail Generation), born 3 years before the end of Generation X and/or 3 years after the start of Millennials (1977 - 1983).
You might be a zillennial if you can remember having VHS tapes as a child.

You might be a zillennial if you came of age (graduated from high school) in the 2010s.
by dkayn November 19, 2019
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A group of people who are neither completely millennials nor zoomers. They were born at the time where one generation ends and another begins (i.e. 1994 to 1999), and/or their upbringing is partly millennial-like and partly zoomer-like. They can't completely identify as being part of a single generation and feel somewhat lost.
- Man, I'm still not sure if I'm a millennial or a zoomer...
- When were you born?
- 1996
- Hmm, I guess then you're a zillennial
by RuinMyLifeDaddy July 28, 2019
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A person whose upbringing and life experiences are like that of a Millennial (1981-1996) and Gen Z (1997-2012), but whom doesn't properly fit into either generation. Zillennials are too young to be proper millennials, but too old to be Gen Z. Zillennials are can be considered the union of the last few years of Millennials and the first few years of Gen Z (such as 1995-1998), or considered a distinct micro-generation on its own.

Some Zillennials can be pulled towards Millennials or Gen Z based on when their parents and siblings were born. (Ex: A 1996 baby is the youngest child with older siblings born in the early 90s leans more millennial. A 1998 baby whom is the oldest child with younger siblings born in the 2000s is much more Gen Z).

Zillennials are defined by:

Graduating after the Great Recession, and after the reelection of Obama in 2012, but never being in high school when Trump was in office

Being in high school before more than 50% of high school students owned a smartphone in 2013

Never being able to vote in typical millennial youth elections like in 2008 and 2012, but was able to vote in a presidential election for the first time in 2016

Being out of high school when the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting happened and the March For Our Lives protests (which solidified Gen Z's unique identity in the mainstream)

Never being affected by the raise of the age to buy tobacco products to age 21 in the US because they were at least 21
John: Hey, what generation are you?
Michael: Pew Research Center says that since I was born 1997 that I'm part of Gen Z, but I feel too old to be Gen Z.
John: Do you remember 9/11?
Michael: Actually, yes. I was in preschool at the time. Also, my first presidential election was in 2016.
John: You must be a zillennial then!
by ConfusedOtter June 28, 2020
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A microgeneration of those born between 1994-2000, who primarily spent their childhoods post-9/11, but pre-recession, primarily spent their teens in the early-mid 2010s, and graduated high school between the years 2012 and 2018.
I’m born in 1997 and I’m not sure if I’m a Millennial or Gen Z, so I’m a Zillennial.
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A microgeneration of people (1996-2001) who were born near the cutoff between Millennials and Gen Z and feel too young and too old for both generations. They reached adulthood and graduated high school in the 2010s and spent their childhoods in the 2000s during the transition from analog to digital technology. They were the core audiences of Vine, Tumblr, and YikYak. Zillennials are generally viewed as those who were born before 9/11, but have little to no memory of it. They were too young to be in school during 9/11 but too old to be in school during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Millennial: I miss the good ‘ol days when the Internet didn’t even exist.

Zillennials: Sorry, can’t relate! I’m a Zillennial.

Zoomer (Gen Z): Hey let’s do the Renegade dance on TikTok!

Zillennial: Sorry, I don’t use TikTok. I’m a Zillennial.
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Hybrid generation born in the late 90's (1995-99). Not old enough to be millennials while able to remember plenty of time before the smartphone/skinny jean era that took hold in 2013. The years 2008-2012 were their heyday as they were in middle school/early high school. Zillennials also reached their 20's before the 2010's were over. They don't really associate with the gloomy/nihilistic/technology-centric culture of Gen Z and cling to older generations' interests as they lack their own unique identity.
If you're too young for a millennial but can still miss the days of baggy jeans, Aeropostale hoodies, and the 2000's-early 2010's internet, then you're a zillennial.
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A microaggression generation consisting of young Humans born 3 years before the end of Millennials and/or 3 years after the start of Gen-Z (1992 - 1998). Either way, generally raised to believe that everything read on the Internet and Social Media is 100% factual, while refusing to crack open an actual book published before 1990 for real factual information.

97.8% of Zillennials believes that Blacks in this day and age are oppressed and that there are more then two genders....and no. Hermaphrodites, Transsexuals and self proclaimed "non-binary" Genderqueers, are not a gender in any way shape or form.
You might be a Zillnnial(s) if you've never experienced buying music on CD's.

You are definitely a Zillennial(s) if you believe only Blacks can have afros.

You're a Zillennial(s), if you truly feel that Barack Obama was the best "President" ever.
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