- (in a mixed number) the position of the fourth digit to the left of the decimal point.
- (in a whole number) the position of the fourth digit from the right.
Origin of thousand
Words nearby thousand
What does thousand mean?
A thousand is a number equal to 10 times 100. In numerals, it’s 1,000 or 1000.
The word thousand is almost always preceded by the word a (as in a thousand, which means the same thing as 1,000) or by another number, as in two thousand (2,000), ten thousand (10,000), or nine hundred ninety-nine thousand (999,000).
You wouldn’t say “I have thousand dollars”—you would say “I have a thousand dollars” or “I have one thousand dollars.”
In the context of math, the range of numbers between 1,000 and 999,999 is called the thousands (just as the range between 100 and 999 is called the hundreds).
In general, the plural form thousands typically refers to a large but unspecified number or amount somewhere in the thousands, as in The repairs will cost thousands of dollars. Generally, this means between 2,000 and 9,999. The term tens of thousands could be used for a higher amount (typically between 10,000 and 99,999). The phrase the thousands can also be used to refer to a large number or amount without giving the exact total, as in I don’t know how many people were at the concert, but it had to be in the thousands.
Thousand and thousands are also often used to exaggerate the number or amount of something, as in I heard about a thousand excuses from my students today or I have thousands of things I need to get done.
In Roman numerals, the number one thousand is represented by the letter M.
Example: There must have been a thousand people playing in the park today.
Where does thousand come from?
The first records of the word thousand come from before the year 900. It comes from the Old English thūsend.
A thousand is what we call a nice, round number—which basically means it ends in 0. We use round numbers like 100 and 1,000 in estimates instead of giving more specific amounts. This means that a thousand is a very commonly used word. It’s also commonly used in exaggerated amounts, as in I have like a thousand text messages. However, when people really want to exaggerate, they usually go bigger, like eighty billion.
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What are some other forms related to thousand?
- thousands (plural)
- thousandth (adjective, noun)
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How is thousand used in real life?
Thousand is very commonly used in all kinds of contexts. It’s often used in exaggerations about how much of something there is.
More than a thousand people attended our Missouri chapter meeting last night. #ExpectUs
To attend a meeting in your community, text READY to 64433. https://t.co/pcR9aBoqPl
— Moms Demand Action (@MomsDemand) March 2, 2018
On Spotify, if your music ranks highly for a generic search term like "relaxing" or "white noise," you can accumulate enough listens to steadily make hundreds, in some cases thousands, of dollars a month with minimal effort. https://t.co/SRHUt2BP38
— OneZero (@ozm) September 22, 2020
You can apologize a thousand times, but if you don't change your actions, your words are meaningless
— Boonaa Mohammed (@boonaamohammed) September 16, 2020
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Is thousand used correctly in the following sentence?
I ordered a pack of a thousand so we wouldn’t run out.
How to use thousand in a sentence
This third-party delivery ecosystem has caused death by a thousand cuts for restaurants for the past two decades.
There are all of these hundreds of thousands or millions of posts that might not get that many interactions but collectively make up a lot of misinformation.Why Fights Over The COVID-19 Vaccine Are Everywhere On Facebook|Kaleigh Rogers|January 22, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
Then an unexpectedly large wave basically broke on me, and the wall of water felt as if a thousand tiny needles had been shot into my face.
Remember, though, that it will be supporting your upper half for thousands of hours, so it’s worth investing a little time and energy into choosing the right one.
Two-hundred forty-five thousand, when you’re still more than 9 million in the hole.The economy added 245,000 jobs in November, the slowest month of growth since recovery began|Eli Rosenberg|December 4, 2020|Washington Post
Well over a thousand holes in, I average less than four strokes per hole.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art|Alec Kubas-Meyer|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It cost several thousand dollars and a high-powered former district attorney to get the charges dropped.
Neither could her three-week, multi-thousand dollar stay, which was supposed to be a recovery period.The Insurance Company Promised a Gender Reassignment. Then They Made a Mistake.|James Joiner|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One person who dialed in has “a pretty big Twitter following,” Goff said, “several thousand.”
Two years into an Arctic expedition, they were forced to abandon ship a thousand miles north of Siberia.
It contains above eighty thousand houses, and about six hundred thousand inhabitants.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
The garrison of the town and fortress was nearly three thousand strong.
There were two battalions, together about a thousand men; and they brought a field-piece with them.
And it was no light task, then, for six hundred men to keep the peace on a thousand miles of frontier.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Ten thousand of the best troops in Mexico entered Texas and were shortly to be followed by ten thousand more.
British Dictionary definitions for thousand
- amounting to a thousanda thousand ships
- (as pronoun)a thousand is hardly enough
Other words from thousandRelated prefix: kilo-Related adjective: millenary
Word Origin for thousand
Other Idioms and Phrases with thousand
see bat a thousand; by the dozen (thousand); one in a million (thousand); picture is worth a thousand words.