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billion

[ bil-yuhn ]
/ ˈbɪl yən /
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noun, plural bil·lions, (as after a numeral) bil·lion.
a cardinal number represented in the U.S. by 1 followed by 9 zeros, and in Great Britain by 1 followed by 12 zeros.
a very large number: I've told you so billions of times.
adjective
equal in number to a billion.

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Origin of billion

1680–90; <French, equivalent to b(i)- bi-1 + -illion, as in million

OTHER WORDS FROM billion

billionth, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for billion

billion
/ (ˈbɪljən) /

noun plural -lions or -lion
one thousand million: it is written as 1 000 000 000 or 10 9
(formerly, in Britain) one million million: it is written as 1 000 000 000 000 or 10 12
(often plural) any exceptionally large number
determiner
(preceded by a or a cardinal number)
  1. amounting to a billionit seems like a billion years ago
  2. (as pronoun)we have a billion here

Derived forms of billion

billionth, adjective, noun

Word Origin for billion

C17: from French, from bi- 1 + -llion as in million
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