billion bil‧lion [ˈbɪljən] number written abbreviation bn , bil. billion PLURALFORM or billions
1. one thousand million; 1,000,000,000:

• The group has estimated debts of £1.2 billion.

2. old-fashioned a million million

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billion UK US /ˈbɪljən/ noun [C] (UK bn, US b, WRITTEN ABBREVIATION bil)
one thousand million: 1,000,000,000: »

a loss of £2 billion


The banks lost billions in the crash.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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