trillion

noun
tril·​lion | \ ˈtri(l)-yən How to pronounce trillion (audio) \

Definition of trillion

1 : a number equal to 1,000 times one billion — see Table of Numbers
2 : an indeterminately large number a trillion mosquitoes out tonight

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trillion adjective
trillionth \ ˈtri(l)-​yən(t)th How to pronounce trillionth (audio) \ adjective or noun

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The governors say the Army Corps of Engineers' diversion of trillions of gallons of water from the swollen Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico killed fish, shrimp, oysters and crab and forced the extended closure of beaches. Thomas Frank, Scientific American, "Floodwaters Diverted from New Orleans Killed Off Marine Life," 17 Sep. 2019 And to harvest and transport all that wasted food requires billions of acres of arable land, trillions of gallons of water and vast amounts of fossil fuels. David Segal, New York Times, "The World Wastes Tons of Food. A Grocery ‘Happy Hour’ Is One Answer.," 8 Sep. 2019 Dan Clifton of Strategas Research Partners points out that trillions of dollars of land and buildings are held by corporations but not sold solely because of the heavy inflation tax. Grover Norquist, Twin Cities, "Grover Norquist: Indexing capital gains helps more than the rich," 29 Aug. 2019 The estimates of how big this international dark economy is run up into multiple trillions of dollars. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "The American Bar Association is fighting Washington’s efforts to tackle money laundering," 1 July 2019 Dan Clifton of Strategas Research Partners points out that trillions of dollars of land and buildings are held by corporations but not sold solely because of the heavy inflation tax. Grover Norquist, Twin Cities, "Grover Norquist: Indexing capital gains helps more than the rich," 29 Aug. 2019 Dan Clifton of Strategas Research Partners points out that trillions of dollars of land and buildings are held by corporations but not sold solely because of the heavy inflation tax. Grover Norquist, The Denver Post, "Grover Norquist: Trump should index capital gains to spare millions of Americans from paying taxes on inflation," 27 Aug. 2019 Most corporate equity is now managed by a handful of large institutional investment firms who oversee trillions of dollars of equity in virtually every public company in the world. Miguel Padró, Quartz at Work, "If we want our corporate leaders held accountable, we must let other stakeholders in," 26 Aug. 2019 Once considered nearly impenetrable, the Arctic is taking on new strategic importance as climate change melts its icy armor and trillions of dollars of resources become accessible. National Geographic, "Arctic Assets," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of trillion

1690, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for trillion

French, from tri- + -illion (as in million)

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trillion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trillion

: the number 1,000,000,000,000 : one thousand billion
: a very large amount or number
British, old-fashioned : the number 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 : one million million million

trillion

noun
tril·​lion | \ ˈtril-yən How to pronounce trillion (audio) \

Kids Definition of trillion

: a thousand billions

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