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

Examples of thanks in a Sentence

to express our thanks, we'd like to present you with this plaque
Recent Examples on the Web Turkish Ambassador Murat Tamer thanked South Korea for helping Turkey during difficult times and conveyed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's thanks and regards to Yoon. CNN, 10 Feb. 2023 Taco Bell reported stellar growth in 2022, a feat executives said was achieved thanks in part to the A-list star of the fast food chain’s recent commercials. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2023 Then one night Joe saves Kate from muggers, and as thanks, Malcolm drags him out for a night at Sundry House, the exclusive SoHo club with an annual fee of £25,000. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 9 Feb. 2023 The Jackets, which led 12-9 after the first quarter, outscored the Toros 21-8 in the second quarter to take a 33-17 halftime lead, thanks, in large part, to Ray Andrews. al, 9 Feb. 2023 See all Example Sentences for thanks 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

Cite this Entry

“Thanks.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thanks. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

thanks

plural noun
1
: kindly or grateful thoughts : gratitude
express my thanks for their kindness
2
: an expression of gratitude
give thanks before the meal
many thanks

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