- a cardinal number represented in the U.S. by 1 followed by 27 zeros, and in Great Britain by 1 followed by 48 zeros.
- amounting to one octillion in number.
Origin of octillion
1680–90; < French, equivalent to oct- oct- + -illion, as in million
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- (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)
Word Origin for octillion
C17: from French, on the model of million
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