[ thou-zuhnd ]
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noun,plural thou·sands, (as after a numeral) thou·sand.
  1. a cardinal number, 10 times 100.

  2. a symbol for this number, as 1000 or M.

  1. thousands. the numbers between 1000 and 999,999, as in referring to an amount of money: Property damage was in the thousands.

  2. a great number or amount.

  3. Also thousand's place .

    • (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.

  1. amounting to 1000 in number.

Origin of thousand

before 900; Middle English; Old English thūsend; cognate with Dutch duizend,Old High German dūsunt,Old Norse thūsund,Gothic thūsindi Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use thousand in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for thousand


/ (ˈθaʊzənd) /

  1. the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100: See also number (def. 1)

  2. a numeral, 1000, 10³, M, etc, representing this number

  1. (often plural) a very large but unspecified number, amount, or quantity: they are thousands of miles away

  2. (plural) the numbers 2000–9999: the price of the picture was in the thousands

  3. the amount or quantity that is one hundred times greater than ten

  4. something represented by, representing, or consisting of 1000 units

  5. maths the position containing a digit representing that number followed by three zeros: in 4760, 4 is in the thousand's place

    • amounting to a thousand: a thousand ships

    • (as pronoun): a thousand is hardly enough

  1. amounting to 1000 times a particular scientific unit

Origin of thousand

Old English thūsend; related to Old Saxon thūsind, Old High German thūsunt, Old Norse thūsund

Other words from thousand

  • Related prefix: kilo-
  • Related adjective: millenary

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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.

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