Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The cardinal number equal to 109.
  • n. Chiefly British The cardinal number equal to 1012.
  • n. An indefinitely large number.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A milliard, a thousand million: 1 followed by nine zeros, 109.
  • n. A million million: a 1 followed by twelve zeros, 1012.
  • n. A very large number.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. According to the French and American method of numeration, a thousand millions, or 1,000,000,000; according to the English method, a million millions, or 1,000,000,000,000. See numeration.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Great Britain, a million of millions; as many millions as there are units in a million (1,000,000,000,000).
  • n. In France and the United States, a thousand millions (1,000,000,000).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the number that is represented as a one followed by 9 zeros
  • adj. denoting a quantity consisting of one million million items or units in Great Britain
  • n. a very large indefinite number (usually hyperbole)
  • adj. denoting a quantity consisting of one thousand million items or units in the United States
  • n. the number that is represented as a one followed by 12 zeros; in the United Kingdom the usage followed in the United States is frequently seen

Etymologies

French, a million million : blend of bi-, second power; see bi-1 and million.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French billion (Wiktionary)

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  • Also means "billion" in French, viz 1 000 000 000 000. Also means "thousand million" in US English.

    July 13, 2009

  • Means "trillion" in French.

    July 13, 2009