[ kwin-til-yuh n ]
/ kwɪnˈtɪl yən /

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

a cardinal number represented in the U.S. by 1 followed by 18 zeros, and in Great Britain by 1 followed by 30 zeros.


amounting to one quintillion in number.

Origin of quintillion

1665–75; < Latin quīnt(us) fifth + -illion (as in million)
Related formsquin·til·lionth, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for quintillion


/ (kwɪnˈtɪljən) /

noun plural -lions or -lion

(in Britain, France, and Germany) the number represented as one followed by 30 zeros (10 30)US and Canadian word: nonillion
(in the US and Canada) the number represented as one followed by 18 zeros (10 18)Former Brit word: trillion
Derived Formsquintillionth, adjective

Word Origin for quintillion

C17: from Latin quintus fifth + -illion, as in million
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Word Origin and History for quintillion



1670s, from Latin quintus "the fifth" (see quinque-) + ending from million. Cf. billion. In Great Britain, the fifth power of a million (1 followed by 30 zeroes); in U.S. the sixth power of a thousand (1 followed by 18 zeroes).

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