millionaire

noun
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)

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Smith, an eccentric millionaire who subsidized anti-slavery activists, provided his most important service to anti-slavery constitutionalism by converting Garrison’s protégé, Frederick Douglass. Timothy Sandefur, National Review, "The Anti-Slavery Constitution," 12 Sep. 2019 Among them, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has gone even further, forswearing private fund-raisers with millionaires that typically fuel campaigns. Victoria Mcgrane, BostonGlobe.com, "Joe Kennedy III pledges not to take cash from corporate PACs," 5 Sep. 2019 One lucky person could end up a millionaire, while others may get to walk away with some extra cash in their pockets. Hannah Drown, cleveland.com, "The Queen remains elusive: See which card was picked for Sept. 4 $2.5 million jackpot Queen of Hearts drawing," 4 Sep. 2019 The money was not only the brothers’, but came from like-minded millionaires and billionaires. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: David Koch’s real legacy is the dark money network of rich right-wingers," 23 Aug. 2019 The first black millionaire was Madame C.J. Walker, a stylish woman who in the early 1900s earned her wealth by selling metal combs to black women for straightening their tight curls. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "How To Be a Plain Girl," 2 May 2018 One lucky person could end up a millionaire, while others may get to walk away with some extra cash in their pockets. Maura Zurick, cleveland.com, "Watch $2 million Queen of Hearts drawing at 8 p.m. from Parma bar on Facebook Live," 28 Aug. 2019 Detroit millionaire and founder of The Blight Authority, Bill Pulte has offered to pay for Emma's funeral. Kat Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Family devastated after Detroit girl, 9, mauled by dogs: 'She just started living'," 20 Aug. 2019 The ownership of enslaved people increased wealth for Southern planters so much that by the dawn of the Civil War, the Mississippi River Valley had more millionaires per capita than any other region. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "How slavery became America’s first big business," 16 Aug. 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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millionaire

noun

English Language Learners Definition of millionaire

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

millionaire

noun
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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