the thing

noun

1
: the item that is the most fashionable or popular
Long skirts are the thing to wear this season.
It's the newest/latest thing in fashion.
2
: the fashionable or proper way of behaving, talking, or dressing
It's the thing this year to buy products made from recycled materials.
3
: the reason for something
OK, here's the thing: I don't have enough money to go to college.
I'm sorry I didn't call you. The thing is, I've been really busy with work and school.

Dictionary Entries Near the thing

Cite this Entry

“The thing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20thing. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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