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[mil-yuh-nair] /ˌmɪl yəˈnɛər/
a person whose wealth amounts to a million or more in some unit of currency, as dollars.
any very rich person.
Also, millionnaire.
Origin of millionaire
1820-30; < French millionnaire, equivalent to million million + -aire -ary
Related forms
millionairedom, noun
nonmillionaire, noun Unabridged
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  • Maybe you are some kind of millionaire who doesnt have to work for a living or something but the rest of us do.
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British Dictionary definitions for millionaire


a person whose assets are worth at least a million of the standard monetary units of his country
Derived Forms
millionairess, millionnairess, noun:feminine
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Word Origin and History for millionaire

1821, from French millionnaire (1762); see million. The first in America is said to have been John Jacob Astor (1763-1848).

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