Definition of million in US English:


cardinal number

a/one million
  • 1The number equivalent to the product of a thousand and a thousand; 1,000,000 or 10⁶

    ‘a million people will benefit’
    ‘a population of half a million’
    ‘a cost of more than $20 million’
    • ‘Nearly half a million people could benefit from a new scheme aimed at reducing hospital waiting lists.’
    • ‘Electoral officials in Ohio say they have recorded half a million new voters since March.’
    • ‘Last year the centre attracted a million visitors, half of whom visited the library.’
    • ‘Prehistory spans an almost inconceivably long time, perhaps as much as half a million years.’
    • ‘The total figures might have reached ten million by the end of the past century.’
    • ‘Last year more than half a million homes were left empty for at least a month at a time.’
    • ‘About half a million Dominicans live in New York, making it one of its largest immigrant groups.’
    • ‘Nearly half a million metric tonnes of cereal food aid is needed over the next six months.’
    • ‘More than half a million people need to go to the doctor, and a third of these end up in hospital.’
    • ‘Organisers countered by claiming that at least half a million people joined the demo.’
    • ‘Experts say this could rise to six million barrels a day within five years with the right investment and control.’
    • ‘As a result, the album was a relative flop, failing to sell even one million copies.’
    • ‘One radar sweep covers 6 million cubic miles.’
    • ‘At its peak the British auxiliary forces consisted of nearly half a million members.’
    • ‘The United Nations currently estimates that half a million people have so far been displaced.’
    • ‘Between them they will buy more than a million tickets for thousands of shows.’
    • ‘Despite the lucrative land sales, the village had only three million yuan in its accounts.’
    • ‘In this way, it is estimated that some half a million people will be pushed off benefits.’
    • ‘When up to half a million people took to the streets, there was no looting.’
    • ‘In Yorkshire alone, nearly half a million homes are at risk of low demand and abandonment.’
    1. 1.1millions The numbers from a million to a billion.
      • ‘Before European settlers arrived, gray wolves once roamed all over North America, their population in the millions.’
      • ‘The report wrongly gave earnings and revenue numbers in billions rather than millions.’
      • ‘From a pre-contact population in the millions, by 1900 they were reduced to a culturally destroyed remnant of 250,000.’
      • ‘It also includes money, in the millions and billions.’
    2. 1.2millions Several million things or people.
      ‘millions of TV viewers’
      • ‘Voice is the one application that every business uses, with millions of telephone calls being made every day.’
      • ‘Some in Mexico view the exodus of millions of people as an embarrassment while others as an escape valve for social unrest.’
      • ‘He should give some thought to the millions of viewers disenfranchised by the sell-out.’
      • ‘All the energy built up by the twisting of the plasma is suddenly released, as if millions of atomic bombs exploded in just a few seconds.’
      • ‘In most countries, ensuring all children improved access to basic services would require millions - not billions - of dollars.’
      • ‘Liquid water is the basic requirement for life, and Earth's abundant supply supports millions of organisms.’
      • ‘A lack of aid and an abundance of problems threaten millions in Southern Africa.’
      • ‘Its advantages are formidable: abundant cheap labor, millions of talented engineers, good infrastructure.’
      • ‘What parent - Morgan among them - would want their child's every misstep or embarrassment exaggerated and witnessed by millions?’
      • ‘Despite the abundance, there are still millions of people who go without water, or have to battle to get drips for consumption.’
      • ‘To provide that level of service we would be talking about spending literally millions of pounds.’
      • ‘Their violation costs employers multiple millions of dollars and widespread condemnation.’
      • ‘Where is the evidence of fossils being millions of years old?’
      • ‘Although the discrepancy may not look large, it is likely to represent very significant sums of money when multiplied by millions of customers.’
      • ‘Now multiply that by millions of students and other computer users and the problem comes into sharp focus.’
      • ‘We had many cases that involved multiple defendants and millions of dollars of counterfeit money.’
      • ‘New banking providers also have to recognise, he said, that there are still millions of customers who have never used a telephone to talk to their bank.’
      • ‘Multiply that by millions of digital photographers and you are talking about a lot of digital information.’
      • ‘She realized her own experience must be multiplied by millions and wrote a guide to coping with depression on the job.’
      • ‘It has cost that state multiple millions of dollars.’
      a lot of money, a fortune, a considerable sum of money, a vast sum of money, millions, billions, a king's ransom, a killing, a windfall, a bonanza
      View synonyms
    3. 1.3informal An unspecified but very large number or amount of something.
      ‘I've got millions of beer bottles in my cellar’
      ‘you're one in a million’
      • ‘You will see how my anxiety level went from zero to a million over the span of an hour.’
      • ‘I drove a sports car about a week ago and the brakes are about a million times better than that.’
      • ‘I have no idea where she is or what she's doing, and my mind is running at a million miles an hour.’
      • ‘He points out that they often find their finished product a million miles away from the original concept.’
      • ‘Influenza, whose genes evolve a million times faster than ours, is a master of adaptability.’
      • ‘Suddenly it's nearly Christmas and I still have a million and one things to do.’
      • ‘I have a million and one things to do in the house and my motivation is still on extended vacation.’
      a large amount, a fair amount, a good deal, a great deal, a deal, a great quantity, quantities, an abundance, a wealth, a profusion, plenty, masses
      View synonyms
    4. 1.4 A million dollars.
      ‘the author is set to make millions’
      • ‘I ran into a group of people who will pay big money - millions - to the person who solves their one problem.’
      • ‘Didn't they invest a few million into the company a few years ago?’
      • ‘There is no way any of us are going to get her an elite card, not even if we won a million on the lottery.’
      • ‘They stand to lose millions in revenue following the discovery of one infected cow in Alberta in May this year.’
    5. 1.5the millions The bulk of the population.
      ‘movies for the millions’
      • ‘The sense that historical fiction had sunk to the condition of adventure stories for boys, and romance for the millions, cast a blight on the genre in the 20th cent.’
      • ‘Every cent you give will go a very long way towards creating a world that is truly for the millions, not the millionaires.’


  • look (or feel)(like) a million dollars

    • informal (of a person) look or feel extremely good.

      • ‘Why bother, when Milan will always end up leaving you looking like a million dollars?’
      • ‘The house will look like a million dollars when it's all done.’
      • ‘I felt I looked a million dollars - for the first and last time.’
      • ‘I feel like a million dollars as we cruise towards Manhattan.’
      • ‘This involves sometimes dressing up to the nines, doing grand things and looking like a million dollars.’
      • ‘And the glorious alpine summer weather will make you feel like a million dollars.’
      • ‘He made you feel like a million dollars when you were with him.’
      • ‘However, it was great to have her present and looking a million dollars.’
      • ‘This was all built on a Mac, naturally, and it looks like a million dollars in Safari.’
      • ‘But I made you feel like a million dollars, didn't I?’


Late Middle English: from Old French, probably from Italian milione, from mille ‘thousand’ + the augmentative suffix -one.