: a polite expression of one's gratitude

Examples of thank-you in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 57-year-old Irvine man — who also is accused of robbing a bank with a pithy thank-you note and fleeing in a white minivan — now faces charges of wire fraud and bank robbery, according to a federal complaint filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2024 Most of those donations were reported hundreds of days late, including over $5,700 that For All of Us paid to cater a thank-you event to Gloria. Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Apr. 2024 What's your go-to thank-you gift? Blackwing Pencils. Monique Wilson, Glamour, 28 Mar. 2024 Recognizing their efforts through appreciation events, personal thank-you notes or public acknowledgments can significantly boost their morale and sense of belonging. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Fill it with some key pieces for seasonal entertaining to make the perfect thank-you gift. Alida Nugent, Peoplemag, 23 Mar. 2024 Rather surprisingly, in our digitalized world, handmade thank-you notes are becoming popular again according to the couple. Brianna Kamienski, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 For some, thank-you speeches should be in the fine-tuning stages. Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 Most gift givers still prefer a handwritten note: 56 percent who took The Star’s recent online poll on thank-you notes indicated so. Melissa Schupmann, Kansas City Star, 1 Feb. 2024

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Word History


from the phrase thank you used in expressing gratitude

First Known Use

1792, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thank-you was in 1792

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“Thank-you.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thank-you. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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: a polite expression of one's gratitude

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