[mil-yuh n]
noun, plural mil·lions, (as after a numeral) mil·lion.
  1. a cardinal number, a thousand times one thousand.
  2. a symbol for this number, as 1,000,000 or M̅.
  3. 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.
  4. the amount of a thousand thousand units of money, as pounds, dollars, or francs: The three Dutch paintings fetched a million.
  5. a very great number of times: Thanks a million.
  6. the million(s), the mass of the common people; the multitude: poetry for the millions.
  1. amounting to one million in number.
  2. amounting to a very great number: a million things to do.

Origin of million

1350–1400; Middle English milioun < Middle French < early Italian millione, equivalent to mille thousand (< Latin) + -one augmentative suffix
Related formsmul·ti·mil·lion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of multimillion

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  • Their sprawling, multimillion dollar home, where they lived together with Sharon, was his.

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  • It could result in a multimillion dollar lawsuit, which even Murdoch could struggle to afford.

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British Dictionary definitions for multimillion


noun plural -lions or -lion
  1. the cardinal number that is the product of 1000 multiplied by 1000See also number (def. 1)
  2. a numeral, 1 000 000, 10 6, M, etc, representing this number
  3. (often plural) informal an extremely large but unspecified number, quantity, or amountI have millions of things to do
  1. (preceded by a or by a numeral)
    1. amounting to a milliona million light years away
    2. (as pronoun)I can see a million under the microscope
  2. gone a million Australian informal done for; sunk
Related formsRelated prefix: mega-

Word Origin for million

C17: via Old French from early Italian millione, from mille thousand, from Latin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for multimillion



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with multimillion


see feel like oneself (a million dollars); look like a million dollars; one in a million.

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