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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His charity donated millions to universities including Harvard and MIT. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Stanford reveals it received $50,000 gift from Jeffrey Epstein," 14 Sep. 2019 Of note, billionaire Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison donated millions to Rubio's presidential campaign. Allan Smith, NBC News, "King of The Hill: How Amazon and Jeff Bezos made Washington a second home," 6 Sep. 2019 When Swann ran as a Republican candidate for governor in Pennsylvania, Hughes, a conservative who has given millions to GOP candidates and super PACs, and his family donated more than $165,000. Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times, "This secret donor has given USC $400 million," 5 Sep. 2019 The war’s bloody grind has killed tens of thousands, destroyed the country’s economy and pushed millions to the brink of famine. Washington Post, "Militiamen dig in at a front line of Yemen’s deadlocked war," 9 Aug. 2019 These fat cats spend millions on slick marketing to brainwash you into believing that these sequels will be anything other than a complete disaster. Alex Baia Thatcher Jensen, The New Yorker, "Conspiracy Theories for the Ultra-Rational," 7 June 2019 The resolution, which has already passed the Senate, would give Mr. Trump 30 days to end U.S. military aid for the war in Yemen, a yearslong conflict that has killed thousands of civilians and pushed millions to the brink of starvation. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "House Passes Resolution to End U.S. Role in War in Yemen," 4 Apr. 2019 The Post determined from other tax filings that the money came from DonorsTrust, a large nonprofit organization that wealthy contributors have used to anonymously give millions to conservative nonprofits in recent years. Shawn Boburg, The Seattle Times, "Conservative nonprofit with obscure roots, undisclosed funders paid Whitaker $1.2 million," 20 Nov. 2018 Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Fragrances are also huge business opportunities for celebrities; stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Jennifer Lopez, and Britney Spears have made millions by attaching their name and image to perfumes. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Is AI the future of perfume? IBM is betting on it.," 24 Oct. 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 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



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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