- a cardinal number represented in the U.S. by 1 followed by 24 zeros, and in Great Britain by 1 followed by 42 zeros.
- amounting to one septillion in number.
Origin of septillion
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- (in Britain, France, and Germany) the number represented as one followed by 42 zeros (10 42)
- (in the US and Canada) the number represented as one followed by 24 zeros (10 24)Brit word: quadrillion
C17: from French, from sept seven + -illion, on the model of million
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Word Origin and History for septillion
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