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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun generation:


The word generation and its family (generations) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun generation

What does generation mean as a name of something?

Generation is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: generations

  1. all the people living at the same time or of approximately the same age
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of generation: coevals / contemporaries
    • more generic word: people = any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
    • more specific terms:
      • youth culture = young adults (a generational unit) considered as a cultural class or subculture
      • peer group = contemporaries of the same status
  2. group of genetically related organisms constituting a single step in the line of descent
  3. the normal time between successive generations
    • example: they had to wait a generation for that prejudice to fade
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • more generic terms: period / period of time / time period = an amount of time
  4. a stage of technological development or innovation
    • example: the third generation of computers
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • more generic words: phase / stage = any distinct time period in a sequence of events
  5. a coming into being
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of generation: genesis
    • more generic word: beginning = the event consisting of the start of something
  6. the production of heat or electricity
    • example: dams were built for the generation of electricity
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: production = manufacturing or mining or growing something (usually in large quantities) for sale
  7. the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production


Generation a.k.a. Génération is a musical group.

  • album: "Génération chante Trenet"


  1. "Generation" is the second studio album by the electronic music group Audio Bullys, released on 31 October 2005. It features the singles "Shot You Down", which reached #3 in the UK Singles Chart, and "I'm in Love".
  2. "Generation" is an album by saxophonist Dexter Gordon which was recorded in 1972 and released on the Prestige label.
    • genre: Jazz
    • released in (42 years ago)
  3. "Generation" is a musical album of Charles Tyler & NRG Ensemble.
    • released in (26 years ago)
  4. "Generation" is the second album of the Anarchic System released in 1975.
    • released in (40 years ago)
  5. "Generation" is a musical album of Fermáta.
    • released in (34 years ago)
  6. "GENERATION" is a composition.
  7. "Generation" is a musical single of Dansswanz, Lucia Scansetti, Carlos Jean, Sweet Ross, Alex Ayora.
  8. "Generation" is a musical album of Peshay.
    • released on
  9. "Generation" is a musical EP of Mikael Dahlgaard.
    • released on
  10. "Generation" a.k.a. "Génération" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  11. "Generation" is a composition.
  12. "Generation" is a musical single of Samy Deluxe.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  13. "Generation" is a musical album of Kenny Burrell And The Jazz Guitar Band & Kenny Burrell & The Jazz Guitar Band.


"Generation" is a 1969 comedy film directed by George Schaefer.


  1. Generation is the act of producing offspring. In kinship terminology, it is a structural term designating the parent-child relationship. It is also known as biogenesis, reproduction, or procreation in the biological sciences. The term is also often used synonymously with cohort in social science; under this formulation the term means "people within a delineated population who experience the same significant events within a given period of time". Generation in this sense of birth cohort, also known as a "social generation", is widely used in popular culture, and has been the basis for societal analysis. Serious analysis of generations began in the nineteenth century, emerging from an increasing awareness of the possibility of permanent social change and the idea of youthful rebellion against the established social order. Some analysts believe that a generation is one of the fundamental social categories in a society, while others view its importance as being overshadowed by other factors such as class, gender, race, education, and so on.
    • also known as Generations
  2. Generation is a 2012 Lux Style Award nominee.
    • some of the nominations and awards:
        • nominated to Lux Style Award For Best Retail Brand
        • Lux Style Award For Best Retail Brand
        • nominated to Lux Style Award For Best Retail Brand
        • Lux Style Award For Best Retail Brand
        • nominated to Lux Style Award for Best High Street Brand
    • official website:
  3. Generation was a Canadian current affairs television series which aired on CBC Television in 1965.
    • begun on (50 years ago)
    • country: Canada
  4. Generation: Which subatomic particle generation this particle belongs to. There are three generations according to the Standard Model of particle physics.

Phrases with Generation

Phrases starting with the word Generation:

  1. generation x
  2. Generation Y
  3. Generation Z
  4. generation gap
  5. Generation loss

Phrases ending with the word Generation:

  1. Me generation
  2. Msn Generation
  3. Mtv Generation
  4. beat generation
  5. Next Generation
  6. wind generation
  7. first-generation
  8. Second-Generation
  9. Skip a Generation
  10. stolen generation
  11. Kettled Generation
  12. Sandwich generation
  13. Alternate Generation
  14. baby-boom generation
  15. spontaneous generation

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Generation

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Google previewThe Ghost Towns of 174 (2012)

by Willie Davis

A generation is a group of people born over the space of a lifetime who share a common location in history. People are a...

Google previewGlobalization, Changing Demographics, and Educational Challenges in East Asia (2010)

by Emily Hannum, Hyunjoon Park, Yuko Goto Butler

The second generation refers to native-born children who have at least one foreign-born parent.

Google previewThe Botanical Atlas: Cryptogams (1883)

by Daniel McAlpine

The Sexual Generation is the conspicuous mould, producing the similar and stationary male and female elements, which blend to form a Zygospore. The 1Von-sexual Generation is the inconspicuous Pro-mycelium, consisting of a single ...

Google previewInformation Security Practice and Experience (2005)

First International Conference, ISPEC 2005, Singapore, April 11-14, 2005, Proceedings by Robert H. Deng, Feng Bao, HweeHwa Pang, Jianying Zhou

The prime generation is an iterative application of the following two steps until r is a prime. 1. Random number generation: Generate a random number r. 2. Primality test on r: Test if r is a prime. If it is not, goto step 1. Similarly, the safe prime ...

Google previewThe Modernist Nation (2004)

Generation, Renaissance, and Twentieth-Century American Literature by Michael Soto

A literary generation is a society within a society and, at times, in front of it. It is a biological and also a social fact: the generation is a group of youth of the same age, born into the same class and the same country, readers of the same books, ...

Google previewAdvances in Future Computer and Control Systems (2012)

by David Jin, Sally Lin

Geological surface mesh generation is a prerequisite for 3D topographical modeling and also is one of the most difficult tasks due to the complication. Interpolating surface modeling is a new paradigm using interpolating grid to model surfaces ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Microcomputers (2000)

Volume 25 - Supplement 4 by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

OVERVIEW Natural language generation (NLG1, the automatic production of text by computers, is commonly seen as a process consisting of three distinct phases: • Text planning: determining the content of the text and its overall structure ...

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

by U.S. Department of Defense

generation (photography) — The preparation of successive positive and/or negative reproductions from an original...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1987)

Volume 27 - Hydrogen Cyanide to Ketones Dimethyl (Acetone) by John J. McKetta Jr

Like all third generation catalysts, it is sensitive to sulfur (transient) and to water so the feed must be pretreated and dried. Under normal operating conditions, such a catalyst is long-lived, and runs of several years between catalyst changes are ...

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Quotes about Generation

Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we've ever known. (Ronald Reagan)
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Scrabble value of G2E1N1E1R1A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 10-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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