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millionaire

or mil·lion·naire

[mil-yuh-nair]
noun
  1. a person whose wealth amounts to a million or more in some unit of currency, as dollars.
  2. any very rich person.
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Origin of millionaire

1820–30; < French millionnaire, equivalent to million million + -aire -ary
Related formsmil·lion·aire·dom, nounnon·mil·lion·aire, noun
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Examples from the Web for millionaire

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Historical Examples

  • Are you a millionaire,' his face said, 'to pay eighty francs for one day's drive?

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • Maybe a person might get to be a millionaire just starting with a frankfurter, you never can tell.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • Mason was a millionaire and a lumber king, but every one called him Ed.

  • "And we must first catch our millionaire," said the Colonel.

  • But Lady Louisa never truly returned the millionaire's affection.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon


British Dictionary definitions for millionaire

millionaire

millionnaire

noun
  1. a person whose assets are worth at least a million of the standard monetary units of his country
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Derived Formsmillionairess or millionnairess, fem n
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Word Origin and History for millionaire

n.

1821, from French millionnaire (1762); see million. The first in America is said to have been John Jacob Astor (1763-1848).

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