noun thou·sand \ˈtha-zən(d)\

: the number 1,000

thousands : an amount that is more than 2,000

: a very large number

plural thousands or thousand

Full Definition of THOUSAND

— see number table
:  a very large number <thousands of ants>
thousand adjective
thou·sand·fold \-zən(d)-ˌfōld\ adjective or adverb
thou·sandth \-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

Other Number-Related Terms

jubilee, myriad, quarantine, score, twain
THOUSANDTH Defined for Kids


noun thou·sand \ˈtha-zənd\

Definition of THOUSAND for Kids

:  ten times one hundred :  1000
:  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!



Definition of THOUSAND for Kids

:  being 1000


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