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[mil-yerd, -yahrd]
noun British.
  1. one thousand millions; equivalent to U.S. billion.
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Origin of milliard

From French, dating back to 1785–95; see origin at milli-, -ard
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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.

  • "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.

British Dictionary definitions for milliard


  1. British (no longer in technical use) a thousand millionUS and Canadian equivalent: billion
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Word Origin

C19: from French
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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.

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