[ mil-yerd, -yahrd ]
/ ˈmɪl yərd, -yɑrd /

noun British.

one thousand millions; equivalent to U.S. billion.

Origin of milliard

From French, dating back to 1785–95; see origin at milli-, -ard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for milliard


/ (ˈmɪlɪˌɑːd, ˈmɪljɑːd) /


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

Word Origin for milliard

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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