million

noun

mil·​lion ˈmi(l)-yən How to pronounce million (audio)
plural millions or 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
million adjective
millionfold adverb or adjective
millionth adjective or noun

Examples of million in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Still, the platform continues to draw in millions of daily active users. Kat Tenbarge, NBC News, 4 Apr. 2024 Kiss signed with Neil Bogart’s Casablanca Records that year and by the mid-1970s had become one of the world’s biggest bands, their fantastical imagery, eye-popping concerts and basic but driving rock music capturing the imaginations of millions of teenagers. Jem Aswad, Variety, 4 Apr. 2024 The rich, buoyed by their relative economic stability, are less preyed upon by the promise of millions or billions. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 4 Apr. 2024 The measures are aimed at addressing concerns conservatives had during the 2020 election over millions of dollars in grants being donated to Wisconsin’s largest cities by a voting rights group. Karissa Waddick, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2024 Once present throughout the Southeast in the millions, fewer than 10,000 were left by the 1970s. Jen Guyton, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 Ethan and Kevin, like millions of other children, experienced two of the core types of ACEs — deprivation and abuse, respectively — during different time periods of development. Marc D. Hauser, TIME, 3 Apr. 2024 Potential harms of anti-ESG legislation Research also indicated the investment restrictions imposed by conservative states can cost taxpayers hundreds of millions. Ian Max Stevenson, Idaho Statesman, 3 Apr. 2024 Sources said the exact amount that was stolen is not known, but it is believed to be in the tens of millions. Alex Stone, ABC News, 3 Apr. 2024

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'million.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of million was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near million

Cite this Entry

“Million.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/million. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

million

noun
mil·​lion ˈmil-yən How to pronounce million (audio)
plural millions or million
1
: a number equal to 1,000 times 1,000 see number
2
: a very great number
millions of mosquitoes
million adjective
millionth adjective or noun

More from Merriam-Webster on million

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!