noun Etymology: z + -illion (as in million) Date: 1934 an indeterminately large number <
zillions of mosquitoes
zillionth adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • zillion — (n.) 1944, arbitrary coinage with no definite numerical value; first recorded in Damon Runyon …   Etymology dictionary

  • zillion — ► CARDINAL NUMBER informal ▪ an extremely large number of people or things. DERIVATIVES zillionaire noun zillionth ordinal number. ORIGIN from Z (perhaps as a symbol of an unknown quantity) + MILLION(Cf. ↑millionth) …   English terms dictionary

  • zillion — ☆ zillion [zil′yən ] n. [arbitrary coinage, after MILLION] Informal a very large, indefinite number …   English World dictionary

  • zillion — /zil yeuhn/, n., pl. zillions, (as after a numeral) zillion, adj. Informal. n. 1. an extremely large, indeterminate number. adj. 2. of, pertaining to, or amounting to a zillion. [1930 35; jocular alter. of million, billion, etc.] * * * …   Universalium

  • zillion — zil|lion [ˈzıljən] n [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: Z as the last in a series + million] informal a very large number of things ▪ I ve seen that movie a zillion times. zillion of ▪ zillions of mosquitoes …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • zillion — [[t]zɪ̱ljən[/t]] zillions NUM (emphasis) If you talk about a zillion people or things, you are emphasizing that there is an extremely large number of them. [INFORMAL] It s been a zillion years since I ve seen her. QUANT: QUANT of pl n You can… …   English dictionary

  • zillion — noun An unspecified large number (of). When I want to switch Groupwise domains I am forced to click the cancel button on a login dialog box a zillion times (I’m not exaggerating... much) Syn: bajillion, bazillion, gazillion, googillion, hojillion …   Wiktionary

  • zillion — Synonyms and related words: a billion, a crore, a lakh, a million, a myriad, a nonillion, a quadrillion, a thousand, a zillion, astronomical number, billion, considerable, decillion, duodecillion, ever so many, full many, googol, googolplex,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • zillion — zil|lion [ zıljən ] number INFORMAL a very large number: A zillion people came to the concert …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • zillion — UK [ˈzɪljən] / US number informal a very large number A zillion people came to the concert …   English dictionary

  • zillion —  A zillion is an exceedingly large, indeterminate number. See also jillion.  ► “The idea that there are zillions of Chinese eagerly rushing out to buy anything from an offshore company at fat profits is pure bunk.” (Forbes, Jan. 31, 1994, p. 140) …   American business jargon

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