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billion (noun) – 1. The cardinal number equal to 1,000,000.000 (One thousand miliions).
2. (Chiefly British) The cardinal number equal to 1,000,000,000,000 (One million millions).
3. An indefinitely large number.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : How much is a billion? It might depend on whom you ask. Billion was borrowed from French in the late 1600s to indicate the number one million raised to the power of two, or a million million?a number represented by a 1 followed by 12 zeros. However, the French later changed their naming conventions so that a billion became a thousand million (a 1 followed by 9 zeros) and a trillion became a thousand thousand million (or a million million, the old billion). The French have since returned to the older system, but it was this new system that was adopted by American English speakers in the 1800s. In Britain, the newer system has seen increasing use since the 1950s, but the older sense is still sometimes used there as well.

Trust the French to instill confusion here.

Korau’s definition of a billion. Politicians small change.

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