Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “$64,000 question”

$64,000 question

noun [C usually singular]     /ˌsɪk.sti.fɔːrˌθaʊ.zəndˌdɑː.lɚˈkwes.tʃən/ (also million-dollar question)
an important or difficult question on which a lot depends: The $64,000 question is, can we repeat last year's success?Questioning people and asking questions in generalCuriositySuspecting and questioning
(Definition of $64,000 question noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of $64,000 question

Word of the Day

altruistic

showing a wish to help or bring advantages to others, even if it results in disadvantage for yourself

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More