million

noun
mil·​lion | \ ˈmi(l)-yən How to pronounce million (audio) \
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 \ ˈmi(l)-​yən-​ˌfōld How to pronounce millionfold (audio) \ adverb or adjective
millionth \ ˈmi(l)-​yən(t)th How to pronounce millionth (audio) \ adjective or noun

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Unfortunately, Tesla also declined to tell Ars how many millions (or billions) of miles of testing the system has under its belt to date. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk promises big new Tesla Autopilot upgrade, but is it legal?," 10 Dec. 2018 The justices could force the city to spend many millions retroactively creating pensions for 4,000 employees hired since 2012, or order the city and its unions to negotiate an alternative solution. David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "If state Supreme Court rules against San Diego on pensions, it could could cost city millions," 14 July 2018 Penn is starting to spend millions on keeping its entrepreneurial medicos in town, after getting tired of watching smart biotech and software founders run off to join funders in California, Boston, New York. Joseph N. Distefano, Philly.com, "Philly poverty: Cause, or effect?," 11 July 2018 At the same time that the Bureau of Land Management, part of the Interior Department, spends millions to limit horse herds, the Department of Agriculture spends millions to kill mountain lions and other predators to protect livestock and big game. New York Times, "Let Mountain Lions Eat Horses," 12 May 2018 Confidence may come naturally, but singing for an audience of A-listers (and millions at home) requires prep. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "24 Hours With Maluma, Breakout Star of the VMAs and Music’s Sexiest New Man," 21 Aug. 2018 The result is each spending millions to maintain a policy status quo that leaves neither fully satisfied. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Billionaires are spending their fortunes reshaping America’s schools. It isn’t working.," 30 Oct. 2018 Art Bell, an apostle of the paranormal whose disembodied voice drew millions to his late-night radio soapbox beamed from the Mojave Desert, died on April 13 at his home in Pahrump, Nev. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Art Bell, Radio Host Who Tuned In to the Dark Side, Dies at 72," 17 Apr. 2018 And then there are the millions who watched the blockbuster movies. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "Documentary films about pollution, puppets, puttering and more," 9 Mar. 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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million

noun

English Language Learners Definition of million

: the number 1,000,000
: a very large amount or number

million

noun
mil·​lion | \ ˈmil-yən How to pronounce million (audio) \

Kids Definition of million

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one thousand thousands : 1,000,000
2 : a very large number millions of mosquitoes

million

adjective

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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