millions

[ mil-yuh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF millions
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Our allies are the millions who hunger and thirst after righteousness.

Other millions began to fear the loss of their money and possessions.

Millions who still had jobs feared that they would lose them.

Millions who had lost their jobs began to fear penury and want.

That at least is his, notwithstanding the millions he might have possessed if he had only known how to acquire them.

Millions of people must regulate their lives in fear of these dread visitors.

Fortunately, there are millions of communities in the world.

Hence I am contented, and say it is better with me than with millions.'

What's that paltry hundred or two, compared with the millions I shall make?

I wouldn't have him die or hang himself, for millions of golden pieces!

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from Old French million (late 13c.), from Italian millione (now milione), literally "a great thousand," augmentative of mille "thousand," from Latin mille, which is of uncertain origin. Used mainly by mathematicians until 16c. India, with its love of large numbers, had names before 3c. for numbers well beyond a billion. The ancient Greeks had no name for a number greater than ten thousand, the Romans for none higher than a hundred thousand. "A million" in Latin would have been decies centena milia, literally "ten hundred thousand." Million to one as a type of "long odds" is attested from 1761. Related: Millions.

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