- 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
Related Words for trillionprofusion, gathering, stockpile, scad, cluster, fullness, jumble, total, mint, bunch, mountain, congeries, lots, sum, much, hill, hoard, ream, agglomeration, cargo
Examples from the Web for trillion
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of trillion
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 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.