million

noun
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 \ -​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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The result is each spending millions to maintain a policy status quo that leaves neither fully satisfied. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Billionaires are spending their fortunes reshaping America’s schools. It isn’t working.," 30 Oct. 2018 Art Bell, an apostle of the paranormal whose disembodied voice drew millions to his late-night radio soapbox beamed from the Mojave Desert, died on April 13 at his home in Pahrump, Nev. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Art Bell, Radio Host Who Tuned In to the Dark Side, Dies at 72," 17 Apr. 2018 And then there are the millions who watched the blockbuster movies. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "Documentary films about pollution, puppets, puttering and more," 9 Mar. 2018 Given the fact that original Warhol works reliably go for multi-millions at auction, Ford's clever incorporation of the artist's muse is a cheeky way to get a high-art look at a supermarket price. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Leanne Ford's Genius $5 Trick to Liven Up an All-White Kitchen," 25 Mar. 2019 Colbert said the team did not want to potentially tie up millions by placing a tag on Bell, who sat out all of 2018 after declining to sign his one-year tender last spring. Will Graves, The Seattle Times, "Steelers won’t tag Bell; will explore trade for Brown," 20 Feb. 2019 Axios reports that the state of Texas is investing $25 million in grants and likely millions in property tax abatements to facilitate the expansion. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple will spend $1 billion and hire up to 15,000 people for new Austin office," 13 Dec. 2018 He will be mourned and missed by everyone who knew him and the millions who love him. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""Riverdale" Stars and Celebrities React to Luke Perry's Death," 4 Mar. 2019 Though no number is named, such an amount could be in the hundreds of millions. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Exxon Mobil lied to investors about climate change regulation, New York lawsuit says," 24 Oct. 2018

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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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million

noun

English Language Learners Definition of million

: the number 1,000,000
: a very large amount or number

million

noun
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

million

adjective

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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