plural noun
\ ˈthaŋ(k)s How to pronounce thanks (audio) \

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 gratitude many thanks

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Examples of thanks in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The longevity of this treadmill is promising thanks in large part to the thick three-ply running belt. Megan Oster,, "Pace on treadmill vs. outside: Which is better?," 10 Apr. 2021 For five months the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union pitched itself as a savior to employees at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama, but the workers have now said no thanks. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Amazon Workers Reject a Union," 9 Apr. 2021 Prince Albert will likely remain the most famous for centuries to come, thanks for example to the museum that jointly bears their names. Lily Rothman, Time, "How Prince Philip Became Queen Elizabeth's Unlikely Husband," 9 Apr. 2021 Both German premium brands were able to meet their CO2 targets last year thanks mainly to the rollout of plug-in hybrids like the BMW 330e xDrive and Mercedes GLC 300 de 4MATIC diesel that pair a combustion engine with an electric battery. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, "What chip crisis? BMW and Mercedes deliver double-digit growth on strong China sales," 8 Apr. 2021 The debate on voting reform after the 2020 election is hitting a fevered pitch, thanks in large part to fraud claims pushed by former President Donald Trump and his allies, which have been dismissed by election officials and rejected by the courts. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Republicans draw up 'road map' to 'make it easier to vote and harder to cheat'," 8 Apr. 2021 The resolution states the project will be paid from the Crimson Standard fundraising initiative and thanks former athletics director Bill Battle and wife Mary for their ongoing support. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Seven-ton elephant statue coming to Bryant-Denny Stadium," 8 Apr. 2021 Yuri thanks his intern for the advice, but seems less than confident in it. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, "Good Trouble Recap: Speak Your Truth," 7 Apr. 2021 Hyundai's sales jumped by 28 percent in the first quarter, thanks in part to a 115 percent increase in sales in the month of March—the company's best month ever. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Car Buyers Flocked to Dealers in First Quarter after a Tough 2020," 1 Apr. 2021

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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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13 Apr 2021

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“Thanks.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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
\ ˈthaŋks How to pronounce thanks (audio) \

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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