thousand

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noun thou·sand \ˈthau̇-zən(d)\

Definition of thousand

plural

thousands

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thousand

  1. 1 :  a number equal to 10 times 100 — see number table

  2. 2 :  a very large number thousands of ants

thousand

adjective

thousandfold

play \-zən(d)-ˌfōld\ adjective or adverb

thousandth

play \-zən(t)th\ adjective or noun

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Origin and Etymology of 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 1thumb

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THOUSAND Defined for English Language Learners

thousand

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Definition of thousand for English Language Learners

  • : the number 1,000

  • thousands : an amount that is more than 2,000

  • : a very large number


THOUSAND Defined for Kids

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thousand

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noun thou·sand \ˈthau̇-zənd\

Definition of thousand for Students

  1. 1 :  ten times one hundred :  1000

  2. 2 :  a very large number thousands of things to do

Headscratcher for thousand

is the first number whose name is spelled using an a. That means that you can count from zero to nine-hundred, ninety-nine without ever using an a!


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thousand

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adjective thou·sand

Definition of thousand for Students

  1. :  being 1000


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