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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Many mediums and tools of wellness are priced from $20 and go into the thousands, making much of commercial wellness a sizeable lifestyle cost for the average person. Tasnim Ahmed, Allure, "I Bought Into the Commercialized Wellness Industry and It Left Me Broke (and Unwell)," 9 Aug. 2018 Its youngsters crossed by the thousands to go to El Paso schools, joining college students and commuters heading to work. Will Weissert, The Seattle Times, "The Origin Story: A blind date, a border and Beto O’Rourke," 29 Mar. 2019 One theory purports that the Last Hero, the warrior who helped the Children of the Forest defeat the White Walkers in during the Long Night thousands of years ago, was turned into the first Three-Eyed Raven. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Season 8: 18 Fan Theories to Know," 18 Mar. 2019 Made from the thousands of surplus containers that sit on docks around the world, shipping container houses can be an eco-friendly alternative to traditional building materials. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 5 best shipping container houses of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 But that's just a small taste of the thousands of My PS4 Life videos that have been shared online with the handy #MyPS4Life hashtag. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Sony inadvertently leaks player counts for PS4 titles," 17 Dec. 2018 That’s not even counting the thousands who have journeyed to Waco, Texas to stay in their vacation rentals, or to visit their Magnolia Market at the Silos. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Chip Gaines Is Freaking Out Over These Cabbage Patch Doll Replicas of Him and Joanna," 11 Dec. 2018 So less than two weeks after the separations ended, Antonio Gonzalez decided to head to the U.S. after all with 2-year-old Francisco, joining the thousands from Guatemala who have already come this year. Pamela Ren Larson, azcentral, "Trump administration issues new asylum rules aimed at families arriving at border," 13 July 2018 Vandals poured paint over school supplies, threw paint on walls and cupboards, and, among other things, poured thousands of beads in one room, took bags of chips and soda from one room and ate and drank them in another room. Ramona Sentinel, "Vandals ransack classrooms at James Dukes Elementary School," 11 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of thousand

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


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



Kids Definition of thousand (Entry 2 of 2)

: being 1000

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