plural noun
\ˈthaŋ(k)s \

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

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about thanks

Statistics for thanks

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for thanks

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for thanks



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 like “thank you” as a polite way of accepting or refusing an offer


noun plural
\ˈthaŋks \

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on thanks

What made you want to look up thanks? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to reject or criticize sharply

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!