Etymology
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milliard (n.)

"one thousand million," 1793, from French milliard (16c.), from million (see million) with change of suffix. A word made necessary by the double meaning of billion. It became familiar in English in news coverage of the indemnity paid by France to Germany after the war of 1870-71.

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Definitions of milliard

milliard (n.)
a billion;
in England they call one thousand million a milliard
From wordnet.princeton.edu