thousand

noun
thou·​sand | \ ˈthau̇-zᵊn(d) How to pronounce thousand (audio) \
plural thousands or thousand

Definition of thousand

1 : a number equal to 10 times 100 — see Table of Numbers
2 : a very large number thousands of ants

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Other Words from thousand

thousand adjective
thousandfold \ ˈthau̇-​zᵊn(d)-​ˌfōld How to pronounce thousandfold (audio) \ adjective or adverb
thousandth \ ˈthau̇-​zᵊn(t)th How to pronounce thousandth (audio) \ adjective or noun

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There will be thousands corraling around the AJC Peachtree Road Race to watch the excitement of the world’s largest 10k up close and personal. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "How to watch, live stream the AJC Peachtree Road Race," 3 July 2019 Inside were thousands of small wax envelopes, neatly arranged in rows, each containing a number of medium-format photographic negatives. Richard Vokes, Quartz Africa, "A recently discovered trove of photos shows life in Uganda during Idi Amin’s troubled reign," 30 June 2019 Another decade on, there are thousands of BGP routing incidents each year. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "The Infrastructure Mess Causing Countless Internet Outages," 28 June 2019 Citing unspecified Iranian threats, the U.S. has sent an aircraft carrier to the Middle East and deployed additional troops alongside the tens of thousands already there. Nasser Karimi, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump threatens Iran with ‘obliteration’ after country criticizes new sanctions," 25 June 2019 Citing unspecified Iranian threats, the U.S. has sent an aircraft carrier to the Middle East and deployed additional troops alongside the tens of thousands already there. Nasser Karimi, chicagotribune.com, "Iran calls new U.S. sanctions ‘outrageous and idiotic’," 25 June 2019 Citing unspecified Iranian threats, the U.S. has sent an aircraft carrier to the Middle East and deployed additional troops alongside the tens of thousands already there. Nasser Karimi, Fortune, "Iran's President Describes White House as 'Afflicted by Mental Retardation'," 25 June 2019 Inside were thousands of small wax envelopes, neatly arranged in rows, each containing a number of medium-format photographic negatives. Richard Vokes, The Conversation, "Thousands of recently discovered photographs document life in Uganda during Idi Amin’s reign," 25 June 2019 Citing unspecified Iranian threats, the U.S. has sent an aircraft carrier to the Middle East and deployed additional troops alongside the tens of thousands already there. Jon Gambrell, USA TODAY, "Iran crisis: US-registered planes barred over parts of the Middle East amid tensions after drone strike," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of thousand

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

History and Etymology for thousand

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

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thousand

noun

English Language Learners Definition of thousand

: the number 1,000
: an amount that is more than 2,000
: a very large number

thousand

noun
thou·​sand | \ ˈthau̇-zᵊnd How to pronounce thousand (audio) \

Kids Definition of thousand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : ten times one hundred : 1000
2 : a very large number thousands of things to do

thousand

adjective

Kids Definition of thousand (Entry 2 of 2)

: being 1000

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