billion etymology

English word billion comes from English bikini (A brief two-piece bathing suit worn by women.), English -illion

Detailed word origin of billion

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
bikini English (eng) A brief two-piece bathing suit worn by women.
-illion English (eng) Added to various nonsense syllables to indicate an arbitrarily very large number.. Combined with Latin prefixes for names of integers in order to form names of powers of a million or of a thousand greater than 1,000,000. Thus we have the names billion, trillion, etc.
billion French (fra) 1012; a long scale billion; a short scale trillion.
billion English (eng) (US, modern British & Australian, short scale) a thousand million: 1 followed by nine zeros, 109; a milliard. (colloquial, in the plural, hyperbole) A very large number.. (dated, British & Australian, long scale) A million million: a 1 followed by twelve zeros; 1012.

Words with the same origin as billion

Descendants of -illion
billionaire million trillion