Definition of squillion in English:

squillion

cardinal number

informal
  • An indefinite very large number.

    ‘squillions of pounds’
    • ‘Well, now it's six months later - that's about approximately a squillion years on the internet - and we're looking to update and refresh the list to keep it up to date.’
    • ‘If the number of people who have taken the medication is squillions, while the number of catastrophic side effects can be counted on the fingers of one hand, what is the likelihood of getting an adverse effect?’
    • ‘It swallowed up literally squillions of taxpayers' money - much of it to turn out motor cars that nobody wanted to buy.’
    • ‘Everywhere you look there are huge, precarious boulders, left behind squillions of years ago by forgetful glaciers, their loss being our gain, and you can scramble about to your heart's content.’
    • ‘He gives squillions, but from his hypersquillions, it's unlikely he even notices.’
    • ‘Afterwards, I felt inclined towards vast squillions of veggies, so today I have three carrots' worth of carrot, a large handful of celery, tomatoes, cucumber, and a little feta for extra yum.’
    • ‘After 25 years covering squillions of very similar speeches, you will forgive me for being a trifle sceptical.’
    • ‘I went and got my laptop a squillion bytes of RAM.’
    • ‘There's squillions of charity shops in Edinburgh, and they all seem to have a copy of Naomi Campbell's Swan on their bookstands.’
    • ‘You pay us some money and we'll send your message to squillions of people.’
    • ‘Working in a sporting environment and having Mr Wann explain the rules a squillion times has still not enamoured me to the game.’
    • ‘I'm getting about a squillion hits every day from Oasis fans looking for the track listing on ‘Heathen Chemistry’.’
    • ‘They had the idea that they could release one movie every holiday season for seven years and make squillions of dollars each time.’
    • ‘Getting it ‘right first time’ saves squillions in rework and all the disruption that goes with it.’
    • ‘The scene is a ludicrously expensive suite at Salford's Lowry Hotel, the kind of place record companies only book bands into after they've sold squillions of records, like New Order.’
    • ‘I say it only partly because I realise that his influence over the eating habits of the nation exceeds mine by a factor of squillions.’
    • ‘The chances of that happening just randomly are a squillion to one.’
    • ‘The amount of money involved there was squillions.’
    • ‘You may know that I'm the youngest of seven kids, and that I have squillions of nephews and nieces, who range in age from 5 to 26.’
    • ‘But for a development that must be costing squillions of renminbi, we're wondering why they didn't fork out an extra 100 kuai for a better translation of their PR spiel.’

Origin

1940s: fanciful formation on the pattern of billion and trillion.

Pronunciation

squillion

/ˈskwɪljən/