octillion

[ok-til-yuh n]

noun, plural oc·til·lions, (as after a numeral) oc·til·lion.

a cardinal number represented in the U.S. by 1 followed by 27 zeros, and in Great Britain by 1 followed by 48 zeros.

adjective

amounting to one octillion in number.

Nearby words

  1. octavius,
  2. octavo,
  3. octavus,
  4. octennial,
  5. octet,
  6. octo-,
  7. october,
  8. october revolution,
  9. octoberfest,
  10. octobrist

Origin of octillion

1680–90; < French, equivalent to oct- oct- + -illion, as in million

Related formsoc·til·lionth, noun, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for octillion

octillion

noun

(in Britain and Germany) the number represented as one followed by 48 zeros (10 48)
(in the US, Canada, and France) the number represented as one followed by 27 zeros (10 27)
Derived Formsoctillionth, adjective

Word Origin for octillion

C17: from French, on the model of million

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