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

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The pictures were allegedly taken in late February when Guaidó crossed into Colombia and made a surprise appearance at a concert organized by billionaire Richard Branson aimed at helping deliver humanitarian aid to Venezuela. Washington Post, "Venezuelan opposition leader denies ties to criminal gang," 14 Sep. 2019 So far, 11 candidates have qualified for the debate — the ten who appeared on stage at the third debate on Thursday, and billionaire Tom Steyer. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Fourth Democratic debate to be co-hosted by New York Times and CNN," 13 Sep. 2019 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, billionaire Tom Steyer and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock are currently campaigning in Iowa, having not made the cut to participate on Thursday night. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Democratic debate: Who were the winners and losers," 13 Sep. 2019 The 2017 Republican tax overhaul in the U.S. could provide relief for billionaire art collectors stung by the expiration of another major tax break. Houston Chronicle, "Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods boost home values: report," 13 Sep. 2019 Seven years ago, billionaire Marc Benioff’s cloud-computing company Salesforce gave San Francisco schools the biggest corporate gift the district had ever seen. Jill Tucker,, "‘Maker’ labs, coding class and reading clubs: Salesforce giving boosts SF, Oakland schools," 12 Sep. 2019 In the Czech Republic, hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets this summer to protest against alleged economic fraud perpetrated by the billionaire prime minister Andrej Babiš. Jonathan Kennedy, Quartz, "The anti-vax movement is effectively reversing decades of progress in disease prevention," 11 Sep. 2019 Along with fellow billionaires Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, Branson hopes to launch a new era of space tourism. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Richard Branson's Plans for Space Tourism Sure Are Aggressive," 11 Sep. 2019 To own this historic 40-room mansion would be a coup for any billionaire. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "What's Going to Happen to Jeffrey Epstein's NYC Mansion?," 9 Sep. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of billionaire

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

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