mil·​lion | \ˈmi(l)-yən \
plural millions or million

Definition of million 

1 : a number equal to 1,000 times 1,000 — see Table of Numbers

2 : a very large number millions of cars on the road

3 : the mass of common people used with the

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Other Words from million

million adjective
millionfold \-​ˌfōld \ adverb or adjective
millionth \ˈmi(l)-​yən(t)th \ adjective or noun

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In 2016, hundreds of millions of new players were drawn to the franchise through the mobile game Pokémon Go. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Pokémon: Let’s Go is the perfect way to introduce kids to the series," 14 Nov. 2018 That spending coexists with the hundreds of millions that foundations like Gates, Walton, and Broad devote to the issue. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Billionaires are spending their fortunes reshaping America’s schools. It isn’t working.," 30 Oct. 2018 In 2017, there were only 88 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide, five of which were fatal, compared to the hundreds of millions of people who swam safely in the oceans. Cassie Shortsleeve, Condé Nast Traveler, "Should I Worry About Sharks in the Northeast?," 21 Sep. 2018 But the Red Planet's wet period was short-lived, lasting only a few hundreds of millions of years. Nola Taylor Redd,, "Geometry Helps Solve the Mystery of Mars' Water," 13 July 2018 The group says the cutouts represents the hundreds of millions of fake accounts still spreading disinformation on Facebook. Andrea Diaz, CNN, "A sea of Mark Zuckerberg cutouts have taken over the Capitol lawn," 10 Apr. 2018 The Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship, a program that provides school vouchers to children with certain disabilities, was passed by Henry, is named for Henry’s daughter, and costs the state millions every year. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "How Liberals Learned to Love the Teachers," 4 Apr. 2018 That figure doesn’t include the tens of millions the company is spending annually to maintain third-party data and technology partnerships, the person said. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Omnicom Boosts Data Effort With New Marketing Platform," 12 July 2018 Hundreds of millions have transitioned from fully authoritarian monarchies (throughout Europe, Central Asia and parts of East Asia) and pure dictatorships (Latin America, the Balkans, the Levant and parts of Africa). James Stavridis, Time, "Democracy Isn't Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of million

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for million

Middle English milioun, from Middle French milion, from Old Italian milione, augmentative of mille thousand, from Latin

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English Language Learners Definition of million

: the number 1,000,000

: a very large amount or number


mil·​lion | \ˈmil-yən \

Kids Definition of million

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one thousand thousands : 1,000,000

2 : a very large number millions of mosquitoes



Kids Definition of million (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : being 1,000,000 a million dollars

2 : being very great in number a million questions

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