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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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 Their job: figure out which of the tens of millions of parcels that pass through here each year might contain the powerful synthetic drugs blamed for a soaring rate of fatal overdoses. John Keilman,, "'Like finding a needle in a haystack': Agents trying to stop deadly opioid fentanyl from entering U.S. in tough battle," 12 June 2018 The group was Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010, recognized as one of the most successful and beloved pop groups in music history, with hundreds of millions of albums sold worldwide. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "ABBA has recorded two new songs, and the band's computer avatars will perform on tour | The Kansas City Star," 27 Apr. 2018 Every year millions of Americans gather for the Fourth of July, celebrating our military heroes, seeing family and friends, grilling hot dogs and hamburgers, enjoying pools and beaches, watching parades and, of course, fireworks. Michael Rivlin,, "Philly hand surgeons on devastating fireworks injuries: 'There is nothing left to fix'," 4 July 2018 More than 19 millions of pairs of shoes have been donated worldwide since 2005. Cassie Armstrong,, "Go Barefoot Day: How to observe in Central Florida," 1 June 2018 But due to bad economics or poor infrastructure, every year millions of people, most of them children, die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene. Shane Croucher, Newsweek, "World Water Day 2018: Mind-Blowing Facts About the Lifeblood of Planet Earth," 21 Mar. 2018 Regardless of the outcome Saturday, this Wimbledon is a resounding triumph — not only for Williams, but for the millions who've been uplifted just by watching her. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Of all Serena's triumphs, this Wimbledon run is the most impressive," 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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