mil·​lion·​aire | \ ˌmi(l)-yə-ˈner , ˈmi(l)-yə-ˌ\

Definition of millionaire

: a person whose wealth is estimated at a million or more (as of dollars or pounds)

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Have you ever accidentally become a millionaire and not realized? Natasha Bach, Fortune, "50 Cent Forgot About Those Bitcoin He Got in 2014 and Now They're Worth $8 Million," 25 Jan. 2018 Later in life, Cunanan would claim that his father was an Israeli millionaire and a Fifth Avenue aristocrat. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "Who is Andrew Cunanan, the Man Who Murdered Gianni Versace?," 17 Jan. 2018 Even millionaires wouldn't buy a car that needs an engine rebuild every 500 miles. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Pride of the Valkyries," 29 Jan. 2019 And why should Julie’s stuffed-shirt millionaire (Alan H. Green, burdened with syrupy ballads) sing at all? Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Royal Family of Broadway,’ This Time in Song," 5 July 2018 Elsewhere, Democratic voters in the new 1st District were deciding between millionaire trial lawyer Scott Wallace and Rachel Reddick, a former Navy officer. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Barletta, Trump backer, wins GOP nod to take on Sen. Casey," 2 Oct. 2018 The 65-year-old multi-millionaire businessman is the richest person to ever serve as the state’s governor, according to the Herald. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Florida Gov. Rick Scott much wealthier than previously reported, data show," 28 July 2018 The growing ranks of millionaires and billionaires now hold almost half of global personal wealth, up from slightly less than 45 percent in 2012, according to the report. Suzanne Woolley, ajc, "Millionaires now control half of the world's personal wealth," 14 June 2018 Almost half of our representatives are millionaires. Anna North, Vox, "The woman aiming to unseat Rep. Peter King had to win a fight over child care first," 3 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of millionaire

1786, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for millionaire

French millionnaire, from million, from Middle French milion

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English Language Learners Definition of millionaire

: a rich person who has at least a million dollars, pounds, etc.


mil·​lion·​aire | \ ˌmil-yə-ˈner \

Kids Definition of millionaire

: a person having a million dollars or more

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