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
Examples of thanks in a sentence
to express our thanks, we'd like to present you with this plaque
Origin and Etymology of thanks
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 12th century
THANKS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of thanks for English Language Learners
: 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
THANKS Defined for Kids
Definition of thanks for Students
1 : gratitude Please express my thanks to her.
2 : an expression of gratitude (as for something received) We said thanks before eating.
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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