mil·​lion·​aire | \ ˌmi(l)-yə-ˈner How to pronounce millionaire (audio) , ˈmi(l)-yə-ˌner \

Definition of millionaire

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

Examples of millionaire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web She’s often remembered as the first U.S. black woman millionaire—even though, at her death in 1919, her estate was valued at about $600,000. National Geographic, "The unappreciated legacy of African-American inventors," 9 Jan. 2020 But in the world run by Big Data, it’s Yang who is the New York millionaire with ties to Silicon Valley. Wesley Yang, Twin Cities, "Wesley Yang: What Andrew Yang means with his ‘Asian who likes math’ line," 28 Oct. 2019 The Minnesota millionaire is an instigator and an outlier, and $2.5 billion puts food on the table for people who need it. Melissa Howell, Quartz, "How Trump has made food stamps a Republican cause," 18 Sep. 2019 The model married the millionaire a little over a year ago, and the pair has been presumably living together at the 49 Bleecker Street residence since then. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Here’s How Emily Ratajkowski Got Out of Paying Her $5k Rent," 5 Mar. 2019 The new millionaire now has 180 days to claim the prize. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Check your ticket. Someone in Houston won $20 million in Texas Lotto," 17 May 2018 But among the contenders for the Democratic nomination, the Marxist millionaire is the king of campaign cash. James Freeman, WSJ, "The $96 Million Man," 2 Jan. 2020 Many billionaires and millionaires contribute to society (many times anonymously) with their philanthropy. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Way to soar, Falcons; Don’t vilify the billionaires; What about the victim of the pardoned immigrant? (12/30/19)," 30 Dec. 2019 Its local founders, Paul Bell, an oil tech millionaire, and his son Eric, coveted one of the three San Antonio scooter contracts. Bruce Selcraig,, "Could scooter mania just blow over in San Antonio?," 30 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of millionaire was in 1786

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24 Jan 2020

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“Millionaire.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce millionaire (audio) \

Kids Definition of millionaire

: a person having a million dollars or more

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