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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Then, on Saturday night (Australia time), Harry took the stage at the Invictus Games' opening ceremony to address the crowd: Even royals don't just wing a speech to a crowd of thousands though. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry Practices His Invictus Games Speech in Front of Meghan Markle During Royal Tour of Australia," 20 Oct. 2018 Yet the wrong code can lead to an overcharge of hundreds — or thousands — of dollars. Stephanie Booth, Fox News, "Is your hospital bill accurate?," 27 Sep. 2018 The Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade A popular Atlanta tradition, the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade brings tens of thousands of lantern-holding pedestrians together to march down the Atlanta BeltLine ’s Eastside Trail. Allison Weiss Entrekin, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Atlanta in September 2018," 5 Sep. 2018 But Truaxe has been vocal about the alleged strife facing the company, even amid wait lists in the thousands and glowing product reviews. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Deciem's Founder Says the Skin-Care Brand Is Temporarily Shutting Down," 8 Oct. 2018 That was the kind of contrast visible Saturday morning to all those who attended the Crossroads of the West Gun Show, which was scheduled to draw thousands of firearm enthusiasts this weekend. Paul Sisson,, "Crossroads gun show returns to Del Mar, so do protesters," 15 July 2018 The move by the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) to lower the retirement age of Supreme Court justices, potentially forcing out more than a third of the court, has drawn thousands of protesters in the capital. Kristen Chick, The Christian Science Monitor, "By staying on the job, Poland's top judge fights the right-wing government," 13 July 2018 According to German law, punishment for killing a wild wolf includes a monetary fine in the thousands of euros or, in certain cases, up to five years in prison. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Wolf fatally shot, tied to weight and dumped in lake," 12 July 2018 Shannade allegedly used his identity and two of his debit cards to pay her rent and phone bills, as well as to pay for flights and other online purchases for clothes that were in the thousands of dollars. Alexia Fernandez,, "Bad Girls Club Star & Kanye's Muse Shannade Clermont Arrested for Stealing Dead Man's Identity," 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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