Billion vs. Million

A million is 106, or 1,000,000. A billion is one thousand million, or 1,000,000,000 (109). This is the common usage in English-speaking countries and is called the short scale. Countries in continental Europe and Latin America use the long scale where a billion is a million millions (1012).

The word billion originated from French word bi- (“two”) + -illion; i.e. a million million. It was first coined by Jehan Adam in 1475 as by-million and then rendered as byllion by Nicolas Chuquet in 1484.

Million originated from the Italian milione, from the Latin mille + the augmentative suffix -one.

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Power of 10 10 to the 9th power (10^9) 10 to the 6th power (10^6)
Number 1,000,000,000 1,000,000

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October 2, 2012, 10:45pm

And a "Billion" in Latin America is 1,000,000,000,000 (a Trillion in U.S) and to say an "American Billion" you say "one thousand million"

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November 27, 2010, 8:27pm

Math is math no matter where you are in world

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August 8, 2009, 8:55am

quite useful.

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