Further Antedating of "Billionaire"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Sep 4 23:17:58 UTC 2012

billionaire (OED 1861)

1844 _Knickerbocker_ Mar. 288 (American Periodicals Series)  A 'millionaire;' or, for that matter, a 'billionaire,' if we had him, would not hesitate to take out of his mouth a moiety of his last 'chew' and give it to an itinerant Lazarus.

Fred Shapiro

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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