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

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Fotis Dulos faces a lawsuit from the estate of Hilliard Farber over millions in unpaid loans that helped his home-building company, the Fore Group, known for building luxury homes in the Farmington area and in parts of Fairfield County. Nicholas Rondinone,, "In lawsuit with father-in-law’s estate, lawyer claims Fotis Dulos getting help from Greece to cover cost of criminal defense," 26 Aug. 2019 The crisis has uncovered hundreds of victims of abuse at the hands of Nassar and prompted millions in settlements. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "How a Flint court battle became Mateen Cleaves' most divisive victory," 21 Aug. 2019 Years and many millions in sales later, Flamin’ Hot products are everywhere and Montañez is a vice president at the company. Lucas Kwan Peterson,, "The official spicy snack power rankings," 2 July 2019 That would result in significant savings, based on the millions in taxpayer dollars that the government has spent in Operation Streamline. Ana Campoy, Quartz, "What if crossing the border illegally wasn’t a crime?," 28 June 2019 Handler had developed a reputation as a maverick with nerves of steel; she’d made Mattel millions in sales. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "There’s Something About Barbie," 7 Mar. 2019 David Koch also committed millions to various hospitals for cancer research. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "David Koch, conservative donor and philanthropist, has died at age 79," 23 Aug. 2019 The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio formally reversed a FirstEnergy charge Thursday that the Ohio Supreme Court had determined was improper, but customers will see only a refund of a fraction of the hundreds of millions collected. Laura Hancock,, "PUCO reverses disputed FirstEnergy charge; but customers won’t really get a refund.," 22 Aug. 2019 Insiders say Hustlers cost a relatively modest $20 million to produce before marketing, and that even an opening in the mid- to high-teen millions would be a great start for the pic. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Constance Wu-Jennifer Lopez Film 'Hustlers' Tracking for $24M Debut," 22 Aug. 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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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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