Crore

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Crore - is a Punjabi word which is also used by other communities in Southeast Asia and is a unit in the Indian numbering system equal to the number 10,000,000 or Ten million or 1,00,00,000 (10,000,000; 107). With Lakh equating to 100,000 - One hundred thousand. It is widely used both in official and other contexts in Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Pakistan, and is often used in Indian English.


The commas in these sums are placed in different locations in India then in the West. In English the word is used both as an attributive and non-attributive noun, and with either a marked ("-s") or unmarked plural: "1 Crore people" or "1 Crore of people", "5 Crore rupees", "5 Crore of rupees", "5 Crores rupees", "5 Crores of rupees" are all to be found. Large money amounts in India are often written in the form "Rs 23 cr", that is, 23,00,00,000 rupees (230,000,000 in Western notation).

The word is used in the Indian title of the popular Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? game show Kaun Banega Crorepati, literally Who will become the owner of ten million?

The Indian numbering system also uses Decimal separator differently from the Western system — after the first three digits, a comma divides every two rather than every three digits, thus:

Indian System Western System
12,12,12,123 121,212,123
5,05,000 505,000
7,00,00,00,000 7,000,000,000

This accords with the Indian numbering system, which has units for thousand, hundred thousand, ten million, etc.

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