zillion

[zil-yuh n]Informal.
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or amounting to a zillion.

Origin of zillion

First recorded in 1930–35; jocular alteration of million, billion, etc.
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  • There were about a zillion startups who were trying to make a buck on the Xnet.

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British Dictionary definitions for zillion

zillion

noun plural -lions or -lion
  1. (often plural) an extremely large but unspecified number, quantity, or amountzillions of flies in this camp
determiner
    1. amounting to a zilliona zillion different problems
    2. (as pronoun)I found a zillion under the sink

Word Origin for zillion

C20: on the model of million
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Word Origin and History for zillion
n.

1944, arbitrary coinage with no definite numerical value; first recorded in Damon Runyon.

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