- a cardinal number, a thousand times one thousand.
- a symbol for this number, as 1,000,000 or M̅.
- millions, a number between 1,000,000 and 999,999,999, as in referring to an amount of money: His fortune was in the millions of dollars.
- the amount of a thousand thousand units of money, as pounds, dollars, or francs: The three Dutch paintings fetched a million.
- a very great number of times: Thanks a million.
- the million(s), the mass of the common people; the multitude: poetry for the millions.
- amounting to one million in number.
- amounting to a very great number: a million things to do.
Origin of million
Examples from the Web for multi-million
Contemporary Examples of multi-million
Lady, who owned a multi-million dollar villa in Piedmont, had planned on retiring in Italy.CIA Agent Robert Seldon Lady: Italy’s Most Wanted
Barbie Latza Nadeau
July 19, 2013
The current UK government recently announced five years of multi-million pound funding for BIRAX.What We Talk About When We Talk About BDS
November 5, 2012
The consultants there make much of their multi-million dollar fees helping the likes of Goldman Sachs and P&G in three stages: 1.Rajat Gupta and Goldman's Insider Trading Bombshell
Allan Dodds Frank
March 2, 2011
She has had a three-year, multi-million dollar facelift and is nearly there.Gal With a Suitcase: Shanghai
January 7, 2011
Fayed was keen to appear and promote his multi-million dollar restoration of the villa Windsor.Buying the Royal Jewels
December 3, 2010
- the cardinal number that is the product of 1000 multiplied by 1000See also number (def. 1)
- a numeral, 1 000 000, 10 6, M, etc, representing this number
- (often plural) informal an extremely large but unspecified number, quantity, or amountI have millions of things to do
- (preceded by a or by a numeral)
- amounting to a milliona million light years away
- (as pronoun)I can see a million under the microscope
- gone a million Australian informal done for; sunk
Word Origin for million
late 14c., from Old French million (late 13c.), from Italian millione (now milione), literally "a great thousand," augmentative of mille "thousand," from Latin mille, which is of uncertain origin. Used mainly by mathematicians until 16c. India, with its love of large numbers, had names before 3c. for numbers well beyond a billion. The ancient Greeks had no name for a number greater than ten thousand, the Romans for none higher than a hundred thousand. "A million" in Latin would have been decies centena milia, literally "ten hundred thousand." Million to one as a type of "long odds" is attested from 1761. Related: Millions.
see feel like oneself (a million dollars); look like a million dollars; one in a million.