Definition of trillion in English:
cardinal number (plural trillions or (with numeral) same)
1A million million (1,000,000,000,000 or 1012).
- Scientists tell us that just after the ‘big bang’ the temperature was 100 million trillion trillion degrees.
- There are now more than 200 million vehicles traveling 5 trillion miles per year in the United States alone.
- Estimates for the total cost of reunification range from hundreds of billion to a few trillion dollars.
1.1 (trillions) informal A very large number or amount: the yammering of trillions of voices
More example sentences
- All this ridiculous wealth: trillions and zillions of it in less than a cubic mile of the City.
- The amount is a joke compared to the trillions lost by investors and the billions in fees that the brokerages earned.
- You can't get a hundred per cent guarantees and you can't spend trillions of dollars trying to guard a single Qantas office.
1.2 dated, chiefly British A million million million (1,000,000,000,000,000,000 or 1018).
- Furthermore, the British trillion is a million times of its American counterpart!
- A British trillion used to be one million American trillions, but they are mostly the same now.
Late 17th century: from French, from million, by substitution of the prefix tri- 'three' for the initial letters.
Words that rhyme with trillionbillion, jillion, million, bajillion, modillion, multibillion, multimillion, pillion, septillion, sextillion, squillion, zillion
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