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nillionaire

noun; blending
one who has little money of their own, but is well-off by association with another
 
Nillionaire is a blending of nil and millionaire. Nil, from Latin, means nothing. Millionaire implies great wealth. The term “nillionaire” refers to a person who does not have money of their own, but has money because of another person. This is a pejorative term. It is used to speak ill of someone, especially one who marries into wealth. It refers usually to someone who pretentious about their economic status, even though they have not earned it.
Etymology : Nillionaire is a blending of nil and millionaire. Nil meaning ‘nothing’ comes from Latin nil meaning ‘nothing’, a contraction of nihil, from ne- meaning ‘not’ and hilum meaning ‘small thing, trifle’. Millionaire was borrowed from the French word millionaire. Million comes from Old French million, from Italian million meaning ‘a great thousand’, from mille meaning ‘thousand’, from Latin mille, meaning ‘a great number’. In English, the word millionaire refers to one who has more than one million dollars, although it is used also generally to indicate great wealth.
Source : “He is a nillionaire, all of the money is in his wife’s name” –Friend, November 2008
Last modified: 4 December 2008


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