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sextillion

[seks-til-yuh n]
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noun, plural sex·til·lions, (as after a numeral) sex·til·lion.
  1. a cardinal number represented in the U.S. by 1 followed by 21 zeros, and in Great Britain by 1 followed by 36 zeros.
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adjective
  1. amounting to one sextillion in number.
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Origin of sextillion

1680–90; < French < Latin sext(us) sixth + -illion, as in million
Related formssex·til·lionth, adjective, noun
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  • By rhythmic reversion, sextillion worlds passed into diaphanous luster; fire became firmament.

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    Paramhansa Yogananda


British Dictionary definitions for sextillion

sextillion

noun plural -lions or -lion
  1. (in Britain, France, and Germany) the number represented as one followed by 36 zeros (10 36)
  2. (in the US and Canada) the number represented as one followed by 21 zeros (10 21)
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Derived Formssextillionth, adjective, noun

Word Origin

C17: from French, from sex- + -illion, on the model of septillion
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Word Origin and History for sextillion

n.

1680s, from Latin sext-, comb. form of sex "six" (see six) + (m)illion. Cf. billion. Related: Sextillionth.

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