Abbreviation for Million (finance, science, and dollars)

1 million or 1,000,000 means one thousand thousands. But what abbreviation should you use in your communication?

The most common abbreviations for million are:

M is the most popular abbreviation

M is the abbreviation most commonly used in the popular press, informal writing, and by most people in the US. Example: $10M is the same as 10 million dollars.

MM comes second

MM is used as an abbreviation, especially in the financial sector. It’s often used in spreadsheets, accounting, and by economists. Example: “The FTC fined Google $24MM for breaking competition laws”


m is the most used abbreviation in the United Kingdom. Example: “The Government will help farmers with £50m in subsidies”

Should you use abbreviations?

You shouldn’t use abbreviations in academic or official writing. Use abbreviations in informal scenarios like notes and unimportant communication where context exists.

How to abbreviate million on a resume?

Use the most common abbreviation: M. Example: “Helped the business increase sales by $2M using the internet”. If you are unsure whether to abbreviate, write full form: $2 million.

What about thousand and billion?

K is the most common abbreviation for thousand, M for million and B for billion. Example: “Every person will receive $2K out of the $1B relief fund”.

In finance, the most used terms are:

Some examples of million abbreviations used by the press:

Million in technology and science

1 million bytes will be abbreviated as 1MB or one megabyte. 1 million pixels in a photo camera will be referred to as 1 Megapixel.

1 million watts abbreviates to 1MW or “megawatt” and in geology, one million years ago is often abbreviated to “1 mya”.

What is the origin of the word Million?

Million can be used as an adjective or as a noun. It comes from middle english “milioun”, from middle french “milion” and from early italian “millione”.

Million can sometimes be used as a metaphor or hyperbole: “I’ve walked a million miles”.

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