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 million (audio) \ adverb or adjective
millionth \ ˈmi(l)-​yən(t)th How to pronounce million (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of million in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They were built by the millions, so despite their appeal, a plentiful supply keeps prices reasonable. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "What Used Car to Buy: 1979–93 Ford Mustang 5.0," 6 June 2020 Conversely, with lockdowns of months, if not years, life largely stops, short-term and long-term consequences are entirely unknown, and billions, not just millions, of lives may be eventually at stake. John P.a. Ioannidis, STAT, "A fiasco in the making? As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, we are making decisions without reliable data," 17 Mar. 2020 The plan was to create archives of all human knowledge that could last for millions, if not billions, of years, and to seed them across Earth and throughout the solar system. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "A Crashed Israeli Lunar Lander Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon," 5 Aug. 2019 On Thursday, the S&P 500 fell 0.9% after millions more Americans applied for unemployment benefits in April, darkening the mood after a relatively strong April. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Stocks drop as investors weigh dismal corporate earnings," 1 May 2020 That doesn’t count the hundreds of millions of vaccinations administered annually. Scott W. Atlas And H.r. Mcmaster, WSJ, "Relying on Foreign Drugs Is Dangerous," 28 Apr. 2020 Such measures are a step forward, but fall short of covering the tens of millions of unemployed workers. Los Angeles Times, "‘It’s too hard to live this year’: China’s workers struggle with coronavirus unemployment," 23 Apr. 2020 McMaster's order comes after millions of other Americans are under orders from their local authorities to stay at home as part of an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus as the world fights the pandemic. NBC News, "Federal prisons order lockdown to curb virus spread," 2 Apr. 2020 The situations with millions of nights already booked in hotels is extremely difficult to handle, and the international sports calendar for at least 33 Olympic sports would have to be adapted. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "Canada Withdraws From Summer Olympics as I.O.C. Weighs Postponement," 22 Mar. 2020

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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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“Million.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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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