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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of thousand

plural thousands or thousand

  1. 1 — see number table

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

thousand adjective
thousandfold play \-zən(d)-ˌfōld\ adjective or adverb
thousandth 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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THOUSAND Defined for Kids

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thousand

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noun thou·sand \ˈthau̇-zənd\

Definition of thousand for Students

  1. 1 :  ten times one hundred :  1000

  2. 2 :  a very large number <thousands of things to do>



Headscratcher for thousand

is the first number whose name is spelled using an a. That means that you can count from zero to nine-hundred, ninety-nine without ever using an a!


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thousand

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adjective thou·sand

Definition of thousand for Students

  1. :  being 1000





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