zil·​lion ˈzil-yən How to pronounce zillion (audio)
: an indeterminately large number
zillions of mosquitoes
zillionth adjective

Examples of zillion in a Sentence

I have a zillion chores to finish before we can leave.
Recent Examples on the Web People shouldn't drive a zillion miles to get to a best spot. Dana Taylor, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2024 There’s nothing wrong with microwaving a package of instant oatmeal with water and calling it a day, but there are so, so many ways to make this quick breakfast a zillion times better—without spending a ton of time to do it. Christine Byrne, Mph, Rd, SELF, 13 Mar. 2024 This is not the Nvidia of old, the supplier of Gen X video game graphics cards that made images come to life by efficiently rendering zillions of triangles. Lauren Goode, WIRED, 23 Feb. 2024 There are zillions of technologies to monitor energy usage, emissions, pollutants, assembly line productivity, inventory, talent hiring and productivity, geolocations of anyone and anything, and where every penny is going today, not to mention analyzing and reconciling any of it in seconds. Joan Michelson, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 Lots of very smart people have tried to reverse engineer an explanation to the Stanley mystery—why this cup, right now, out of all the zillions of insulated drinking vessels available to American shoppers? Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 19 Jan. 2024 Perhaps a clever shortcut can circumvent searching through zillions of potential routes. Jack Murtagh, Scientific American, 22 Dec. 2023 At baseline, if the Nintendo Switch has sold a zillion units and PS5 has sold 2:1 consoles compared to Xbox Series X/S, there will simply be…more people playing Sony games. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 Jay Posner: For being my ex-boss — but seriously, an editor who managed to listen over his zillion opinions and, on occasion, for some reason, actually agreeing with me. Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2023

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Word History


z + -illion (as in million)

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zillion was in 1934

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“Zillion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zillion. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


zil·​lion ˈzil-yən How to pronounce zillion (audio)
: a large number
zillions of ants

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