Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The cardinal number equal to 106.
  • noun A million monetary units, such as dollars.
  • noun An indefinitely large number.
  • noun The common people; the masses.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An obsolete or dialectal form of melon.
  • noun The number of ten hundred thousand, or a thousand thousand.
  • noun The amount of a thousand thousand units of money, as pounds, dollars, or francs: as, he is worth a million; millions have been wasted in preparation for war.
  • noun A very great number or quantity, indefinitely.
  • [Strictly a collective noun: see hundred.] A thousand times one thousand; ten hundred thousand: as, a capital of a (or one) million dollars; a country of ten million inhabitants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The number of ten hundred thousand, or a thousand thousand, -- written 1,000,000. See the Note under hundred.
  • noun A very great number; an indefinitely large number.
  • noun The mass of common people; -- with the article the.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The cardinal number 1,000,000: 106.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the number that is represented as a one followed by 6 zeros
  • adjective (in Roman numerals, M written with a macron over it) denoting a quantity consisting of 1,000,000 items or units
  • noun a very large indefinite number (usually hyperbole)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French milion, probably from Old Italian milione, augmentative of mille, thousand, from Latin mīlle; see gheslo- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French, from Italian milione ("million"), from mille ("thousand") (from Latin mille) + the augmentative suffix -one.

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