Definition of milliard in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɪlɪɑːd/


One thousand million (a term now largely superseded by billion).
Example sentences
  • Of course, we used to use the word milliard for ‘one thousand million’.
  • The exports and imports of the world had, in 1840, a value of 28, in 1889 of 74, milliards of marks.
  • The only one of these which has gained any currency in English is milliard (for a thousand million) but it must be quite unfamiliar to most people today.


Late 18th century: French, from mille 'thousand'.

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