million

million
mil|lion [ˈmıljən] number, n plural million or millions
[Date: 1300-1400; : French; Origin: Old Italian milione, from mille 'thousand', from Latin; MILLI-]
1.) the number 1,000,000
Each of the books sold more than a million copies.
two/three/four etc million
seven million dollars
£37 million of new investment
millions of pounds/dollars etc
Millions of pounds were lost in Western aid.
2.) an extremely large number of people or things
a million
I've got a million ideas.
millions of sth
She seems to have millions of friends.
3.) not/never in a million years
spoken used to emphasize that something is impossible or very unlikely to happen
She'll never believe me. Not in a million years.
4.) look/feel like a million dollars/bucks
informal especially AmE to look very attractive or feel very happy and healthy
5.) in a million informal
a) the best of all possible people or things
She's a wife in a million.
He's so generous. He's one in a million .
b) used to show how unlikely something is
It was a chance in a million that we'd find a fossil.
>millionth adj
The park has just received its millionth visitor.
>millionth n

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