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Dictionary Definition

milliard n : a billion; "in England they call one thousand million a milliard"

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  1. In the context of "cardinal|UK|rare": 109, a thousand millions.




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Cardinal number




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Cardinal number

  1. A [[milliard#English

Extensive Definition

Milliard is a French-derived word meaning the number 1,000,000,000 (109; one thousand million; SI prefix giga). It is not used in American English and is rare in other forms of English - the preferred term being 'thousand million'. When South Africa adopted the metric system in 1971, "milliard" was recommended by the Metrication Board, but has often been ignored in practice. During the 20th century, the short scale "billion" superseded 'thousand million' to become the normal term in the most of the English-speaking world.
"Milliard", or a version thereof, is common to many languages other than English.

See also

milliard in Arabic: مليار
milliard in Czech: Miliarda
milliard in Danish: Milliard
milliard in German: Milliarde
milliard in Spanish: Millardo
milliard in Esperanto: Miliardo
milliard in French: Milliard
milliard in Indonesian: Milyar
milliard in Italian: Miliardo
milliard in Kurdish: Milyar
milliard in Latin: Milliardum
milliard in Hungarian: Milliárd
milliard in Dutch: Miljard
milliard in Norwegian: Milliard
milliard in Norwegian Nynorsk: Milliard
milliard in Polish: Miliard
milliard in Russian: Миллиард
milliard in Slovak: Miliarda
milliard in Slovenian: Milijarda
milliard in Finnish: Miljardi
milliard in Swedish: Miljard
milliard in Vietnamese: Tỷ
milliard in Turkish: Milyar
milliard in Ukrainian: Мільярд
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