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zillion

[zil-yuh n] /ˈzɪl yən/
noun, plural zillions (as after a numeral) zillion.
1.
an extremely large, indeterminate number.
adjective
2.
of, pertaining to, or amounting to a zillion.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; jocular alteration of million, billion, etc.
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Examples for zillion
  • About a zillion dragon flies are doing the same, hunting the tsetses.
  • The dynamics of any group will change with lightning speed, depending on a zillion factors.
  • Apparently you're unable to see the zillion articles about everything else scientific.
  • As you all know, there are zillion religions up there.
  • Or perhaps they chopped up his chart to print more zillion dollar bills on the reverse.
  • He has sold a zillion records and stormed a zillion hot little hearts.
  • Cap and trade works a zillion times better than simple fiat legislation.
  • The truth is, farming is a chess game with a zillion possible variables, not all of them under the farmer's control.
  • Luckily some tinkering and a zillion restarts got everything humming after about an hour.
  • So the university created a branding campaign that emphasizes its students' involvement in a zillion different activities.
British Dictionary definitions for zillion

zillion

/ˈzɪljən/
noun (pl) -lions, -lion
1.
(often pl) an extremely large but unspecified number, quantity, or amount zillions of flies in this camp
determiner
2.
  1. amounting to a zillion a zillion different problems
  2. (as pronoun) I found a zillion under the sink
Word Origin
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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Slang definitions & phrases for zillion

zillion

Related Terms

jillion


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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