- a cardinal number represented in the U.S. by 1 followed by 12 zeros, and in Great Britain by 1 followed by 18 zeros.
- amounting to one trillion in number.
Origin of trillion
Examples from the Web for trillion
World GDP (including North Pole toyshop gross output) is $84.97 trillion.Santa Fails One More Time
P. J. O’Rourke
December 27, 2014
There are about 80 million Americans between the ages of 18-34 and next year they are expected to spend $2.45 trillion.When Will We See a #Millennial Congress?
December 26, 2014
Among other things, the bill appropriates $1.1 trillion in funding—including over $550 billion for the Department of Defense.Merry Christmas, Defense Contractors!
Veronique de Rugy
December 22, 2014
In 2012, the top 20 percent made $13.5 trillion in income; the entire bottom 80% made $1 trillion.Dear Evangelicals: You’re Being Had
November 30, 2014
Illegal immigrants have already paid about $1 trillion into social security.How Immigrants Will Save Social Security
November 29, 2014
Its distance is 64 trillion kilometers (391⁄2 trillion miles).
Its distance is 69 trillion kilometers (421⁄2 trillion miles).
This has happened in the case of the words million, billion, trillion, &c.
Among the trillion mysteries of the cosmos, the most phenomenal is light.Autobiography of a YOGI
Not one of these stars is within a trillion miles of any other.Life in a Thousand Worlds
William Shuler Harris
- the number represented as one followed by twelve zeros (10 12); a million million
- (formerly, in Britain) the number represented as one followed by eighteen zeros (10 18); a million million million
- (often plural) an exceptionally large but unspecified number
- (preceded by a or a numeral)
- amounting to a trilliona trillion stars
- (as pronoun)there are three trillion
Word Origin and History for trillion
1680s, from French trillion (late 15c.), from tri- (see tri-) + (m)illion. Cf. billion. In the U.S., the fourth power of a thousand (one thousand billion, 1 followed by 12 zeroes); in Great Britain, the third power of a million (one million billion, 1 followed by 18 zeroes), which is the original sense.