n. pl. million or mil·lions
1. The cardinal number equal to 106.
2. A million monetary units, such as dollars: made a million in the stock market.
3. often millions An indefinitely large number: millions of bicycles on the road.
4. often millions The common people; the masses: entertainment for the millions.
[Middle English milioun, from Middle French million, from Old Italian millione, augmentative of mille, thousand, from Latin mīlle; see gheslo- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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