noun, plural millions (as after a numeral) million.
a cardinal number, a thousand times one thousand.
a symbol for this number, as 1,000,000 or M̅.
millions, a number between 1,000,000 and 999,999,999, as in referring to an amount of money: His fortune was in the millions of dollars.
the amount of a thousand thousand units of money, as pounds, dollars, or francs: The three Dutch paintings fetched a million.
a very great number of times: Thanks a million.
the million(s), the mass of the common people; the multitude: poetry for the millions.
amounting to one million in number.
amounting to a very great number: a million things to do.

1350–1400; Middle English milioun < Middle French < early Italian millione, equivalent to mille thousand (< Latin) + -one augmentative suffix

multimillion, noun Unabridged
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million (ˈmɪljən)
n , pl -lions, -lion
1.  See also number the cardinal number that is the product of 1000 multiplied by 1000
2.  a numeral, 1 000 000, 106, M, etc, representing this number
3.  informal (often plural) an extremely large but unspecified number, quantity, or amount: I have millions of things to do
determiner (preceded by a or by a numeral)
4.  a.  amounting to a million: a million light years away
 b.  (as pronoun): I can see a million under the microscope
5.  informal (Austral) gone a million done for; sunk
Related: mega-
[C17: via Old French from early Italian millione, from mille thousand, from Latin]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from O.Fr. million (late 13c.), from It. millione (now milione), lit. "a great thousand," augmentative of mille "thousand," from L. mille. Used mainly by mathematicians until 16c. India, with its love of large numbers, had names before 3c. for numbers well beyond a billion. The ancient Greeks
had no name for a number greater than ten thousand, the Romans for none higher than a hundred thousand. "A million" in Latin would have been decies centena milia, lit. "ten hundred thousand." Million to one as a type of "long odds" is attested from 1761.
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Idioms & Phrases


see feel like oneself (a million dollars); look like a million dollars; one in a million.

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Example sentences
One-fifth of all public school students-ten million children-live in rural
Army didn't bother to properly test five million body armor plates that were
  supposed to protect soldiers on the battlefield.
All it did was hide half a million or a million jobless people from the
Today some of his canvases can fetch a million dollars.
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