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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The House this week passed a war-powers resolution directing the removal of U.S. armed forces involved in the conflict, which has killed more than 10,000 people since 2015 and pushed millions to the brink of starvation. Summer Said, WSJ, "Saudi Crown Prince Pivots to Asia from Critical West," 16 Feb. 2019 That’s a tough slog for the casual fan, and the Super Bowl draws millions who don’t watch football regularly. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Super Bowl reaches 100.7 million people, down from 2018," 5 Feb. 2019 In just a few short hundreds of millions of years, the majestic rings of Saturn will be gone. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Saturn's Rings Are Disappearing," 19 Dec. 2018 But that number paled in comparison to the tens of millions of players (and even more regular esports viewers) for genre heavyweights like Dota 2 and League of Legends. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Blizzard shifts developers away from Heroes of the Storm," 14 Dec. 2018 Here’s hoping that the millions who follow Hadid’s every move will be motivated to join the movement. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "One Month Before the Parkland Shooting Anniversary, Gigi Hadid Shows Support for March for Our Lives," 14 Jan. 2019 And for millions waiting on an upgrade, the XR might be the right phone at the right time; Here’s a roundup of early reviews. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: ‘Davos in the Desert’ minus Masa, Apple iPhone XR review," 23 Oct. 2018 Countries, like club teams, invest millions in identifying, nurturing and coaching young players. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Belgium’s Blueprint, Croatia’s Chaos, and the Murky Path to World Cup Glory," 10 July 2018 The price of the PF0 might be up there in the multi-millions, with the likes of the Pagani Huayra Roadster, but the eventual plan is for a range of all-electric cars, including luxury SUVs. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Pininfarina's Back With a $2 Million Electric Hypercar," 14 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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