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[mil-yerd, -yahrd] /ˈmɪl yərd, -yɑrd/
noun, British.
one thousand millions; equivalent to U.S. billion.
Origin of milliard
From French, dating back to 1785-95; See origin at milli-, -ard Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for milliard
Historical Examples
  • Since 1806 I have taken over a milliard francs in contributions.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • No, cried a deputy, it will be like the milliard of the Congregations.

    The Religious Persecution in France 1900-1906 Jane Milliken Napier Brodhead
  • "A city you may recover, a milliard of francs you never get back," he said.

    An Englishman in Paris

    Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
  • The public debt of Austria, without Hungary, was 83.17 milliard kronen.

    The New Germany George Young
  • We were deprived of half a milliard poods of coal imported from abroad.

  • There are a milliard and a half of stars in the heavens, and—as far as we know—a milliard and a half of human beings on the earth.

    Ditte: Girl Alive! Martin Andersen Nexo
  • Another celestial body—added to the milliard and a half already moving gracefully round.

    Ditte: Girl Alive! Martin Andersen Nexo
  • The National Debt is increasing by about a milliard lire per month.

  • Although the public is buying bread at a high price, that price represents a loss to the Government of about a milliard a year.

  • Let the present assessment of 138 milliard gold marks be replaced by 36 milliard gold marks.

    A Revision of the Treaty John Maynard Keynes
British Dictionary definitions for milliard


/ˈmɪlɪˌɑːd; ˈmɪljɑːd/
(Brit) (no longer in technical use) a thousand million US and Canadian equivalent billion
Word Origin
C19: from French
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for milliard

"one thousand million," 1793, from French milliard (16c.), from million (see million) with change of suffix.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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