- a cardinal number, a thousand times one thousand.
- a symbol for this number, as 1,000,000 or M̅.
- millions, a number between 1,000,000 and 999,999,999, as in referring to an amount of money: His fortune was in the millions of dollars.
- the amount of a thousand thousand units of money, as pounds, dollars, or francs: The three Dutch paintings fetched a million.
- a very great number of times: Thanks a million.
- the million(s), the mass of the common people; the multitude: poetry for the millions.
- amounting to one million in number.
- amounting to a very great number: a million things to do.
Origin of million
Examples from the Web for millions
Millions of dollars in renovation later the building is gorgeous—Clean, well-kept, organized.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
A woman typically starts her life with millions of eggs but only 400 or so will ever undergo ovulation.Men Will Someday Have Kids Without Women
January 3, 2015
So where does this leave the millions of Palestinians—like my relatives—who dream of self-determination and a sovereign state?In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead
January 2, 2015
But who are the millions of people who “live in the shadows”?The 2014 Novel of the Year
December 29, 2014
Remember, this is a show that has a viewership of millions; even here in South Africa, we know who Kimmel is.Public Marriage Proposals Must Die
December 28, 2014
Our allies are the millions who hunger and thirst after righteousness.
Other millions began to fear the loss of their money and possessions.
Millions who still had jobs feared that they would lose them.
Millions who had lost their jobs began to fear penury and want.
That at least is his, notwithstanding the millions he might have possessed if he had only known how to acquire them.
- the cardinal number that is the product of 1000 multiplied by 1000See also number (def. 1)
- a numeral, 1 000 000, 10 6, M, etc, representing this number
- (often plural) informal an extremely large but unspecified number, quantity, or amountI have millions of things to do
- (preceded by a or by a numeral)
- amounting to a milliona million light years away
- (as pronoun)I can see a million under the microscope
- gone a million Australian informal done for; sunk
Word Origin and History for millions
late 14c., from Old French million (late 13c.), from Italian millione (now milione), literally "a great thousand," augmentative of mille "thousand," from Latin mille, which is of uncertain origin. Used mainly by mathematicians until 16c. India, with its love of large numbers, had names before 3c. for numbers well beyond a billion. The ancient Greeks had no name for a number greater than ten thousand, the Romans for none higher than a hundred thousand. "A million" in Latin would have been decies centena milia, literally "ten hundred thousand." Million to one as a type of "long odds" is attested from 1761. Related: Millions.