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Definition of thanks

1 : kindly or grateful thoughts : gratitude
2 : an expression of gratitude return thanks before the meal often used in an utterance containing no verb and serving as a courteous and somewhat informal expression of gratitudemany thanks

First Known Use of thanks

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for thanks

plural of Middle English thank, from Old English thanc thought, gratitude; akin to Old High German dank gratitude, Latin tongēre to know

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The first known use of thanks was before the 12th century

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“Thanks.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thanks. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of thanks

: a good feeling that you have towards someone who has helped you, given something to you, etc.
: something done or said to express thanks
used as a less formal way to say "thank you" often + for


noun plural
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Kids Definition of thanks

1 : gratitude Please express my thanks to her.
2 : an expression of gratitude (as for something received) We said thanks before eating.
thanks to
1 : with the help of I'll be able to attend college thanks to Mom and Dad.
2 : because of … she moved … even faster than he thanks to her long hind legs.— Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat

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