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.
Origin of thousand
Examples from the Web for thousands
In recent months, thousands of people from all walks of life have flooded the streets of our cities.
Rodriguez now headed home to his kids, as did thousands of other police parents.
The cap devices on thousands of identical hats glinted in the late morning sun along with the shields worn by each of the cops.
The gathering of the thousands of cops had been a soul-stirring sight.
The unspoken question from his son and the thousands of other kids was, “Could it happen to you?”
"I fear that the spending of thousands can do no good," said Mr. Low.Phineas Redux|Anthony Trollope
Meantime, the leader, to whom thousands were looking up, was miserable and alone.The Eternal City|Hall Caine
He could sink it to a whisper and still be audible, while in open-air meetings he could easily make himself heard by thousands.Successful Methods of Public Speaking|Grenville Kleiser
Seemingly, as in answer to his question, from toward the front came the sudden roaring of thousands of guns.Aces Up|Covington Clarke
Involuntarily Morrison, like thousands of others, had screened his sight with his hands after the second flash.Average Jones|Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for thousands
- amounting to a thousanda thousand ships
- (as pronoun)a thousand is hardly enough
Word Origin for thousand
Word Origin and History for thousands
Old English þusend, from Proto-Germanic *thusundi (cf. Old Frisian thusend, Dutch duizend, Old High German dusunt, German tausend, Old Norse þusund, Gothic þusundi).
Related to words in Balto-Slavic (cf. Lithuanian tukstantis, Old Church Slavonic tysashta, Polish tysiąc, Czech tisic), and probably ultimately a compound with indefinite meaning "several hundred" or "a great multitude" (with first element perhaps related to Sanskrit tawas "strong, force").
Used to translate Greek khilias, Latin mille, hence the refinement into the precise modern meaning. There was no general Indo-European word for "thousand." Slang shortening thou first recorded 1867. Thousand island dressing (1916) is presumably named for the region of New York on the St. Lawrence River.
Idioms and Phrases with thousands
see bat a thousand; by the dozen (thousand); one in a million (thousand); picture is worth a thousand words.