mil·lion | \ˈmi(l)-yən \
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 \ adverb or adjective
millionth \ˈmi(l)-yən(t)th \ adjective or noun

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Every year millions of Americans gather for the Fourth of July, celebrating our military heroes, seeing family and friends, grilling hot dogs and hamburgers, enjoying pools and beaches, watching parades and, of course, fireworks. Michael Rivlin,, "Philly hand surgeons on devastating fireworks injuries: 'There is nothing left to fix'," 4 July 2018 More than 19 millions of pairs of shoes have been donated worldwide since 2005. Cassie Armstrong,, "Go Barefoot Day: How to observe in Central Florida," 1 June 2018 But due to bad economics or poor infrastructure, every year millions of people, most of them children, die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene. Shane Croucher, Newsweek, "World Water Day 2018: Mind-Blowing Facts About the Lifeblood of Planet Earth," 21 Mar. 2018 Regardless of the outcome Saturday, this Wimbledon is a resounding triumph — not only for Williams, but for the millions who've been uplifted just by watching her. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Of all Serena's triumphs, this Wimbledon run is the most impressive," 12 July 2018 Hundreds and hundreds of millions of doses have been distributed worldwide. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Want to prevent your children from getting cancer? Doctors push HPV vaccine," 9 July 2018 Factor in the seed oysters shipped across the nation and beyond, and the number jumps to the hundreds of millions. Richard Stenger,, "Everything you need to know about the oyster capital of California," 3 July 2018 Byrd’s cookies from Savannah will soon be served by the millions to airline passengers -- on the flights of Delta rival United Airlines. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "Byrd’s cookies from Savannah taking flight on Delta rival," 25 June 2018 And in the 17 months since the president took office, the owners of struggling Trump hotels in Toronto and New York paid the Trump Organization millions of dollars to remove the family moniker from the properties., "Trumps and Kushners cut ties on hotel deals that raised eyebrows," 22 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of million

: the number 1,000,000

: a very large amount or number


mil·lion | \ˈmil-yən \

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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