thousand

noun

thou·​sand ˈthau̇-zᵊn(d) How to pronounce thousand (audio)
plural thousands or thousand
1
: a number equal to 10 times 100 see Table of Numbers
2
: a very large number
thousands of ants
thousand adjective
thousandfold adjective or adverb
thousandth adjective or noun

Examples of thousand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the 2017 total solar eclipse, millions of sunglasses were donated, but only tens of thousands were usable. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 9 Apr. 2024 Iran encouraged the Shi’ite Muslim fighters of Lebanon’s Hezbollah to keep firing rockets and anti-tank shells at northern Israel since last October, compelling tens of thousands of Israelis to leave their homes and reside temporarily in hotels and communities many miles away. Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman, TIME, 9 Apr. 2024 Much of the city, once home to hundreds of thousands of people, has been bulldozed and the video shows the frames of homes completely ripped up alongside roads strewn with rubble and debris. Zeena Saifi, CNN, 8 Apr. 2024 Race tracks always draw thousands of fans decked out in the colors that represent their favorite drivers’ sponsors and paint schemes. Shane Connuck, Charlotte Observer, 8 Apr. 2024 By Marina Koren Like migratory birds guided by the stars, hundreds of thousands of Americans have flocked in the direction of today’s total solar eclipse. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 8 Apr. 2024 In February 2022, the company revamped its shift system, allowing its thousands of workers both on the factory floor and in corporate offices to designate their own start times, shift lengths, and days-on-days-off schedules. Jane Thier, Fortune, 8 Apr. 2024 The cost can come out to be thousands to millions of dollars per local election office, Cohn-Postar said. USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2024 Arizona State University students will celebrate among thousands of their peers this May at the university’s spring commencement ceremonies. The Arizona Republic, 8 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Old English thūsend; akin to Old High German dūsunt thousand, Lithuanian tūkstantis, and probably to Sanskrit tavas strong, Latin tumēre to swell — more at thumb entry 1

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Thousand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thousand. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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thousand

noun
thou·​sand ˈthau̇z-ᵊn(d) How to pronounce thousand (audio)
plural thousands or thousand
1
: a number equal to 10 times 100 see number
2
: a very large number
thousands of ants
thousand adjective

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