noun, plural thou·sands, (as after a numeral) thou·sand.
- (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.
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Origin of thousand
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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.
Example sentences from the Web for thousand
The tens of thousands of pages of documents were enough to overwhelm the news cycle anyway.Why security experts are braced for the next election hack-and-leak|Bobbie Johnson|September 29, 2020|MIT Technology Review
The advantage of an LEO constellation is that the signals can be a thousand times stronger than GPS.SpaceX’s Starlink satellites could make US Army navigation hard to jam|Niall Firth|September 28, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Rather, it’s more a case of a death by a thousand cuts, with multiple measures degrading the app’s functionality and making it harder to use.Americans won’t be able to download TikTok or WeChat from Sunday|Charlotte Jee|September 18, 2020|MIT Technology Review
The new results suggest that Initial Upper Paleolithic tools were made for only a few thousand years.This cave hosted the oldest known human remains in Europe|Bruce Bower|June 12, 2020|Science News For Students
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
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.
The technician on the other end is probably in a laboratory a thousand miles away.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the afternoon, about a thousand people marched in protest through the largest Prague square, with police nowhere in sight.
The mother's mood may be read at a glance: she is showing in one of a thousand tender ways her motherly affection for her child.The Madonna in Art|Estelle M. Hurll
My wife refuses to write to you for another thousand, and she must take the consequences.The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain and Other Tales|Hannah More
I turned it a thousand ways, and examined it in every point of view.Caleb Williams|William Godwin
Each of these is the Mecca of a thousand desires, and faces beam with pleasure when they reappear.The Vitalized School|Francis B. Pearson
This is precisely the predicament in which many thousand people are today.
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
Idioms and Phrases with thousand
see bat a thousand; by the dozen (thousand); one in a million (thousand); picture is worth a thousand words.