One million is a thousand thousand – 1,000,000 or 106. The word comes from the Latin mille for thousand (which is also the root for "mile" and "millennium") and the suffix ion that implies "large" or "great;" thus a million is literally a "great thousand." Although "million" seems to have come into use as early as the middle of the fourteenth century, most mathematicians would use the phrase "thousand thousands" to avoid confusion and it was not until the 1700s that "million" caught on. It appears in the King James version of the Bible (Genesis 24:60) and in Shakespeare (Hamlet act II scene II) – "for the play, I remember, pleased not the million."
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