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

Examples of million in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hundreds of millions knew within minutes that Kobe Bryant had died. Sharon Jayson, USA TODAY, "Suicide has only gotten younger. These two families, bonded by loss, are taking action.," 7 Mar. 2020 Beijing has curbed the spread of an epidemic that erupted in January and forced millions to work from home, tangled up logistics and dented economic growth. Fortune, "Apple’s iPhone maker expects its China plants to be operating normally within weeks," 3 Mar. 2020 Replacing the hundreds of millions of gas-powered American cars with electric ones will eat up vast investment that could otherwise go to far more useful projects, like upgrading the power grid or high-speed rail. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "The real potential of the electric vehicle revolution," 17 Feb. 2020 While China has closed transportation in and out of Wuhan and other cities, there were concerns that as hundreds of millions of people traveled around the country to celebrate the Chinese New Year, the virus could spread even faster. CBS News, "What is the coronavirus from China and what are the symptoms?," 10 Feb. 2020 These concerns have landed contracts in the hundreds of millions to scale up their operations. Aaron Cantú, The New Republic, "How Democrats Abetted Trump’s Bloated Border Regime," 7 Jan. 2020 At least nineteen people have died in the fires, as have hundreds of millions of animals, including a significant proportion of the country’s koalas. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, "What Will Another Decade of Climate Crisis Bring?," 5 Jan. 2020 While there is no price tag yet, the proposal could be in the hundreds of millions. oregonlive, "2020 ballot could include another high-dollar measure -- this one to fund homeless services," 9 Dec. 2019 Today, Venezuela’s economic problems have forced millions to leave the country. Washington Post, "Carlos Cruz-Diez, Venezuelan pioneer of kinetic art, dies at 95," 29 July 2019

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

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19 Mar 2020

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“Million.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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How to pronounce million (audio)

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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