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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Other Words from trillion

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

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These are the first heroes and veterans and victims of the great trillions of dollars war on terror. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "Mitch McConnell to meet with 9/11 first responders after blistering Capitol Hill testimony," 24 June 2019 But startups wishing to access a portion of the trillions of dollars sloshing around equity markets, and avoid the traditional IPO, now have a second option: the direct listing. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "After Slack, the IPO market might never be the same," 19 June 2019 As for your taxes, the question isn’t whether Medicare for All would raise them, but by how many tens of trillions. Seema Verma, WSJ, "Medicare for All Means Hope for None," 27 Mar. 2019 In 2016, a group using the technology and led by ecologist Jason Chapman at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom reported that trillions of insects migrate in and out of the country each year. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Half a billion hoverflies migrate to the United Kingdom each year. The benefits to farmers are huge," 13 June 2019 The pollution is made up of trillions of tiny bits of debris, roughly the size of a grain of rice or smaller, floating from near the surface to thousands of feet underwater. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, "Levels of plastic pollution in Monterey Bay rival those in Great Pacific Garbage Patch," 6 June 2019 In her Instagram shot, which was taken in New York City, Duff is smiling from ear-to-ear, showing off what appears to be a cushion cut engagement ring, set on either a split shank band or flanked with trillions. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hilary Duff Is Officially Engaged to Matthew Koma," 9 May 2019 Since then, companies with trillions of dollars abroad have started to bring that money back. Emily Stewart, Vox, "What the Republican tax bill did — and didn’t — do, one year later," 18 Dec. 2018 The human gut is packed with trillions of bacteria, which are known collectively as the microbiome. Markham Heid, Time, "You Asked: Is It Bad To Eat Foods That Give You Gas?," 18 Apr. 2018

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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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