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