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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Seabirds howl like banshees, and seal colonies, numbering in the thousands, bubble and blip among the waves. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 Great white sharks evolved around four million years ago, giving them hundreds of thousands of years to spread around the world and eat all of the megalodon’s food, so this theory is plausible. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Prehistoric Megalodon Shark May Have Been Killed Off by the Great White," 14 Feb. 2019 The post drew thousands of supporters, and an about-face from Duluth Trading. Sarah Nassauer, WSJ, "Fiber Optics: Wool Lovers Battle Animal-Rights Crowd Over Sheep Shearing," 7 Jan. 2019 Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar since genocidal killings began last year. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Reuters Journalists Charged with Obtaining State Secrets by Myanmar Court," 9 July 2018 The county law library and some attorneys have carried away some law books, but a recycling company will take most of the tens of thousands of volumes. Pauline Repard,, "Old downtown courthouse being stripped before demolition," 7 July 2018 AccuWeather reported tens of thousands of residents across the area are currently without power. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Brace Yourselves: The Entire Country Will be Hit by a Brutal Winter Storm This Week," 12 Feb. 2019 Little is known about the long-term psychological implications for the hundreds of thousands of mothers and fathers who have buried their children since the opioid epidemic began. Claire Galofaro, The Seattle Times, "Moms of the dead from drugs: “Where is the outrage for us?”," 29 Jan. 2019 Of the hundreds of thousands of comments posted in the last year, two or three included violent threats, the insider said. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Palace Tackles Online Threats and Abuse Towards Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton," 28 Jan. 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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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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