billion vs zillion what difference

what is difference between billion and zillion

English

Etymology

From French billion, from bi- (two) +‎ -illion.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: bĭl’yən, IPA(key): /ˈbɪljən/
  • Rhymes: -ɪljən
  • Hyphenation: bil‧lion

Noun

billion (plural billions)

  1. (US, modern British & Australian, short scale) a thousand million (logic: 1,000 × 1,000^2): 1 followed by nine zeros, 109; a milliard
  2. (dated, rare, British & Australian, long scale) A million million (logic: 1,000,000^2): a 1 followed by twelve zeros; 1012
  3. (colloquial, hyperbolic) An unspecified very large number.

Synonyms

  • (109): milliard, thousand million
  • (1012): trillion (short scale)

Derived terms

  • billionaire

Related terms

  • trillion, coined at same time
  • zillion, coined after the series million, billion, trillion, quadrillion (modern slang)
  • gazillion, from same origin
  • -illion, from same origin

Translations

See also

  • (short scale) Previous: million. Next trillion.
  • (long scale) Previous: milliard. Next billiard.
  • ISO prefix: giga-

Danish

Noun

billion

  1. 1012

Declension


French

Etymology

From bi- (two) +‎ -illion; i.e., a million million.

Coined by Jehan Adam in 1475 as by-million.
Rendered as byllion by Nicolas Chuquet in 1484, in his article “Triparty en la science des nombres”.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bi.ljɔ̃/

Numeral

billion

  1. 1012; a long scale billion; a short scale trillion.

Usage notes

  • Previous: milliard, 109
  • Next: billiard, 1015

Related terms

  • trillion, coined at same time

Descendants

  • Catalan: bilió

References

Further reading

  • “billion” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Middle French

Noun

billion m (plural billions)

  1. billion, a million-million, 1012
    • 1520, Étienne de La Roche, L’arismethique novellement composee, page 6
      ung billion vault mille milliers de millions

      a billion is equivalent to a thousand thousands of millions


English

Etymology

See +‎ -illion

Pronunciation

  • enPR: zĭl’yən, IPA(key): /ˈzɪljən/
  • Rhymes: -ɪljən

Noun

zillion (plural zillions)

  1. (slang, hyperbolic) An unspecified large number (of); a gazillion.
    • 2008, “Brain tests show child wealth gap”, BBC News, 6 December 2008:
      “We are certainly not blaming lower socioeconomic families for not talking to their kids – there are probably a zillion reasons why that happens.”

Synonyms

  • (unspecified large number): See also Thesaurus:zillion.

Derived terms

  • zillionaire
  • zillionth

Translations

Further reading

  • Indefinite and fictitious numbers on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

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