- The definition of a million is a thousand thousands, expressed as 1,000,000, or is a very large number of people.
- An example of a million is the $1,000,000 prize money for a state lottery.
- An example of a million is when large numbers of people protest across the U.S.; a protest of the millions.
- a thousand thousands; 1,000,000
- a million (unspecified but understood) monetary units, as dollars, pounds, francs, etc.
- an indefinite but very large number: a hyperbolic use
Origin of millionMiddle English millioun ; from Old French million ; from Italian milione ; from mille, thousand ; from Classical Latin
amounting to one million in number
nounpl. million or mil·lions
- The cardinal number equal to 106.
- A million monetary units, such as dollars: made a million in the stock market.
- often millions An indefinitely large number: millions of bicycles on the road.
- often millions The common people; the masses: entertainment for the millions.
Origin of millionMiddle English, from Old French milion, probably from Old Italian milione, augmentative of mille, thousand, from Latin mīlle; see gheslo- in Indo-European roots.
From Old French, from Italian milione (“million"), from mille (“thousand") (from Latin mille) + the augmentative suffix -one.