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see Sextillion



From the prefix sext- (six) + -illion (from million); ie the sixth power of a million, 1036.


Cardinal number

  1. (US; modern British & Australian, short scale) A trillion billion: 1 followed by 21 zeros, 1021.
  2. (dated British & Australian, long scale) A million quintillion: 1 followed by 36 zeros, 1036.



a trillion billion, 1021
a million quintillion, 1036
  • Dutch: sextiljoen
  • German: Sextillion
  • Japanese: 一澗
Translations to be checked

Extensive Definition

Names of numbers larger than a quadrillion are almost never used, for reasons discussed further below. It is debatable which of them should be considered real working English vocabulary and which are merely trivia, curiosities, or coinages. The following table lists those names of numbers which are found in many English dictionaries and thus have a special claim to being "real words". The "Traditional British" values shown are unused in American English and are largely obsolete in British English, but are dominant in many non-English-speaking areas, including continental Europe and Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America; see Long and short scales.

The "standard dictionary numbers"

Other large numbers used in mathematics and physics

See also

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sextillion in Arabic: مسميات الأعداد الضخمة
sextillion in Danish: Navne på store tal
sextillion in Korean: 큰 수
sextillion in Latin: nomina permagnorum numerorum
sextillion in Dutch: Lijst van grote getallen
sextillion in Polish: Nazwy dużych liczb
sextillion in Russian: Системы наименования чисел
sextillion in Simple English: Octillion
sextillion in Slovenian: imena velikih števil
sextillion in Finnish: Suurten lukujen nimet
sextillion in Swedish: Lista över räkneord
sextillion in Chinese: %E5%8D%81%E8%BF%9B%E5%88%B6#.E7.94.A8.E6.96.87.E5.AD.97.E8.A1.A8.E7.A4.BA.E5.8D.81.E9.80.B2.E6.95.B4.E6.95.B8.E4.BD.8D
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