Billion vs Billon - What's the difference?

billion | billon |


As a noun billon is

any of several alloys of precious metals and base metals that is used (where legal) to make coins, medals etc.

billion

English

Numeral

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  • A milliard, a thousand million: 1 followed by nine zeros, 109.
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  • A million million: a 1 followed by twelve zeros, 1012.
  • (colloquial, in the plural, hyperbole) A very large number.
  • See also

    * (short scale) Previous': million. ' Next trillion: * (long scale) Previous': milliard. ' Next billiard: * ISO prefix: giga-

    Derived terms

    * billionaire

    billon

    English

    Noun

    (wikipedia billon) (en noun)
  • Any of several alloys of precious metals and base metals that is used (where legal) to make coins, medals etc.