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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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 Endorsements would also likely offset only a fraction of NASA's biggest projects that run in the hundreds of millions to billions of dollars, according to the report. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "NASA explores placing ads on rockets, allowing astronaut endorsements: report," 12 Sep. 2018 By the end of 2019, there could be more than a dozen states with legalized sports betting, and a total population in the tens of millions could have constant access. Adam Kilgore,, "With states free to legalize sports betting, do the pro leagues deserve a cut?," 17 May 2018 The package is the largest ever offered in Maryland, which has previously only offered deals topping out in the hundreds of millions. Meredith Cohn,, "Maryland's Amazon HQ2 incentive package leads the pack. Here's how other city's proposals stack up.," 6 Apr. 2018 The House this week passed a war-powers resolution directing the removal of U.S. armed forces involved in the conflict, which has killed more than 10,000 people since 2015 and pushed millions to the brink of starvation. Summer Said, WSJ, "Saudi Crown Prince Pivots to Asia from Critical West," 16 Feb. 2019 That’s a tough slog for the casual fan, and the Super Bowl draws millions who don’t watch football regularly. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Super Bowl reaches 100.7 million people, down from 2018," 5 Feb. 2019 In just a few short hundreds of millions of years, the majestic rings of Saturn will be gone. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Saturn's Rings Are Disappearing," 19 Dec. 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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The first known use of million was in the 14th century

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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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