One definition is that a trillion means "a million, million, million" - the other is that it means just "a million million!"

In Britain:

A million used to be a million, which is | 6 noughts, or | 1,000,000 |

A billion used to be a million million. which is | 12 noughts, or | 1,000,000,000,000 |

A trillion used to be a million, million, million which is | 18 noughts, or | 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 |

However, In America:

A million is a million which is | 6 noughts, or | 1,000,000 |

A billion is a thousand million which is | 9 noughts or | 1,000,000,000 |

A trillion is a million, million which is | 12 noughts, or | 1,000,000,000,000 |

So, watch out when using a trillion. Is it a million, million, million or is it just a million million?

See "The Oxford English Dictionary" for corroboration

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