zillionaire

noun
zil·lion·aire | \ˌzil-yə-ˈner \

Definition of zillionaire 

: an immeasurably wealthy person

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The word millionaire has been used in English to designate a person who is worth a million pounds or dollars, depending on the side of the ocean, since 1786. We borrowed the word straight from the French, whose millions, of course, were in francs. Millionaire eventually no longer sufficed, and English speakers coined billionaire in 1844. Soon afterwards came multimillionaire, followed by multibillionaire in the early 1900s. Once zillion was made up as a humorous word for an indeterminately large number (patterned on million and billion), it was only a matter of time before zillionaire came along as a humorous word for a person of seemingly immeasurable wealth. Zillion and zillionaire aren't used in the most formal of writing, but they have found their way into plenty of serious publications.

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In steps a savior, Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk), a suspiciously upbeat zillionaire who runs a giant telecommunications company with his watchful sister, Evelyn (Catherine Keener). Brad Bird, New York Times, "Review: ‘Incredibles 2’ Is a Fast Blast (With Red Flags)," 13 June 2018 Technology stocks that were supposed to make everyone a zillionaire. Bloomberg.com, "Revisiting The Strange Story Behind the Beanie Babies Bubble," 22 Sep. 2017 Sacks, a zillionaire, is a true Chicago Master of the Universe. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Hail the Obama temple, and silence at City Hall," 24 May 2018 Technology stocks that were supposed to make everyone a zillionaire. Bloomberg.com, "Revisiting The Strange Story Behind the Beanie Babies Bubble," 22 Sep. 2017 Technology stocks that were supposed to make everyone a zillionaire. Bloomberg.com, "Revisiting The Strange Story Behind the Beanie Babies Bubble," 22 Sep. 2017 Technology stocks that were supposed to make everyone a zillionaire. Bloomberg.com, "Revisiting The Strange Story Behind the Beanie Babies Bubble," 22 Sep. 2017 But nowadays velvet slippers are as dressy as lace-ups, and a bottle-green blazer gives a thoughtful and considerate zillionaire vibe. Nick Marino, GQ, "Project Upgrade: Dolce & Gabbana Bring Sexy Back," 12 Jan. 2018 And then, as The Hill tells us, the president*’s choice to head the Food and Drug Administration is one of those crank zillionaires who finds a new idea and spends all of their time out in the yard playing with it. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Maybe Talk-Radio Shock Jocks Shouldn't Work for the White House," 15 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of zillionaire

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zillionaire

zillion + -aire (as in millionaire)

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