billionaire

noun
bil·​lion·​aire | \ ˌbi(l)-yə-ˈner How to pronounce billionaire (audio) , ˈbi(l)-yə-ˌner \

Definition of billionaire

: one whose wealth is estimated at a billion or more dollars, pounds, or other monetary units

Examples of billionaire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the other end of the investor spectrum is Michael Milken, a billionaire famous for pioneering the issuance of high yield bonds to finance leveraged takeovers in the 1980s. Eliza Haverstock, Forbes, 29 May 2021 The former public works director, who resigned in February 2020, also allegedly took bribes from a billionaire Chinese developer looking for help with a Hayes Valley project and accepted gifts from a series of contractors. Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 May 2021 Hansjorg Wyss, a billionaire from Wyoming who expressed interest in owning the Chicago Tribune, joined Bainum's bid, then subsequently dropped out. Arkansas Online, 22 May 2021 He was backed for a brief time by a Swiss billionaire. BostonGlobe.com, 21 May 2021 Hansjörg Wyss, a billionaire from Wyoming who expressed interest in owning the Chicago Tribune, joined Bainum’s bid, then subsequently dropped out. Tali Arbel, USA TODAY, 21 May 2021 Hansjörg Wyss, a billionaire from Wyoming who expressed interest in owning the Chicago Tribune, joined Bainum’s bid, then subsequently dropped out. From Staff And Wire Reports, orlandosentinel.com, 21 May 2021 He was backed for a brief time by a Swiss billionaire. New York Times, 21 May 2021 Now the only hope for most other teams is that a benevolent billionaire will do the same for them. Jon Marthaler, Star Tribune, 21 May 2021

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First Known Use of billionaire

1844, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for billionaire

billion + -aire (as in millionaire)

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The first known use of billionaire was in 1844

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3 Jun 2021

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“Billionaire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/billionaire. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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billionaire

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English Language Learners Definition of billionaire

: a rich person who has at least a billion dollars, pounds, etc.

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