Definitions

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  • suffix Combined with Latin prefixes for names of integers in order to form names of powers of a million or of a thousand greater than 1,000,000. Thus we have the names billion, trillion, etc.
  • suffix Added to various nonsense syllables to indicate an arbitrarily very large number.

Etymologies

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Back-formation from million, billion, trillion, quadrillion , each from French

Examples

  • That's total present value, not benefits per year—oh, and that's an -illion with an "m," which is not normally how things work out in President Obama's Washington.

    Lisa Jackson's Power Play

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