thou·sand | \ˈthau̇-zᵊn(d) \
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 \ adjective or adverb
thousandth \ˈthau̇-zᵊn(t)th \ adjective or noun

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The President is largely avoiding the British capital during his visit, as tens of thousands prepare to take the streets in protest at his policies. Dan Stewart, Time, "The 3 Big Takeaways from Donald Trump's Controversial Interview with The Sun," 13 July 2018 Jason Phillips, the Friant Authority’s chief executive, said hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland would risk going out of production if their water supply remains constricted. Dale Kasler And Phillip Reese, sacbee, "The Valley floor is sinking, and it’s crippling California’s ability to deliver water," 13 July 2018 Millions in the country are on the brink of famine, more than 2.5 million have fled to neighboring countries and hundreds of thousands are internally displaced, many sheltering in camps administered by the United Nations. New York Times, "U.N. Imposes Arms Embargo on South Sudan as Atrocities Go Unabated," 13 July 2018 The main event in London, a procession from the BBC’s headquarters in Portland Place to Trafalgar Square, attracted tens of thousands. The Economist, "Donald Trump is greeted by protests across Britain," 13 July 2018 Schnatter had donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to renovate the aging facility last year. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Papa John’s founder resigns as chairman after using a racial slur on a call," 12 July 2018 Some of the biggest names on Twitter lost hundreds of thousands of followers on Thursday, but not because anyone clicked the unfollow button. Alyssa Newcomb /, NBC News, "As Twitter purge begins, Trump, Obama, Perry lose hundreds of thousands of followers," 12 July 2018 As California's public universities have turned away tens of thousands of qualified applicants annually, Arizona has seen its numbers of California transplants grow, bringing with them higher tuition payments. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Arizona universities got a boost in admissions from California in the past decade," 12 July 2018 The disbursements will cover more than 100 investors, some of whom entrusted Siskey with hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece, according to court filings. Deon Roberts, charlotteobserver, "Rick Siskey Ponzi victims will finally get paid, as part of a $10 million deal," 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

thousands : an amount that is more than 2,000

: a very large number


thou·sand | \ˈthau̇-zᵊnd \

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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