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thousand

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noun thou·sand \ˈthau̇-zən(d)\

Simple Definition of thousand

  • : the number 1,000

  • thousands : an amount that is more than 2,000

  • : a very large number

Full Definition of thousand

plural thousands or thousand

  1. 1 — see number table

  2. 2 :  a very large number <thousands of ants>

thousand adjective
thou·sand·fold play \-zən(d)-ˌfōld\ adjective or adverb
thou·sandth play \-zən(t)th\ adjective or noun

Origin of thousand

Middle English, from Old English thūsend; akin to Old High German dūsunt thousand, Lithuanian tūkstantis, and probably to Sanskrit tavas strong, Latin tumēre to swell — more at thumb


First Known Use: before 12th century

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