Definition of thousand in English:

thousand

cardinal number

a/one thousand
  • 1The number equivalent to the product of a hundred and ten; 1,000:

    ‘a thousand metres’
    ‘two thousand acres’
    ‘thousands have been killed’
    • ‘Ten thousand calendars will be printed but the couple hope there will be enough demand for a lot more.’
    • ‘My daughter now goes to nursery, which over the course of a year costs several thousand pounds.’
    • ‘He owed several thousand pounds and when he was told by friends that he could get a living in Spain he decided to give it a try.’
    • ‘He was one of ten thousand soldiers to take part in the battle and only two thousand returned home.’
    • ‘We have been eating this in this part of England for at least four thousand years, but it was a first time for me.’
    • ‘One thousand of the shirts were made in November and all sold within three weeks of going on sale.’
    • ‘They were able to destroy a thousand acres of orange trees belonging to a settlement in a single night.’
    • ‘He took the cash when he was in debt to the tune of several thousand pounds.’
    • ‘It is thought that up to five mines and several thousand jobs could have been lost without the subsidy.’
    • ‘My husband was chairman of a group of companies and his job was to keep several thousand men and women in work.’
    • ‘One thousand cards were sold and the new postal service quickly served to make the cards popular.’
    • ‘It will hold ten thousand people and host concerts, ice skating and sports facilities.’
    • ‘Two thousand questionnaires were sent out to homes at the end of last month.’
    • ‘Human nature is about the only thing that hasn't changed all that much in five thousand years.’
    • ‘They were given up to seven or eight thousand pounds a week and three-year contracts.’
    • ‘Three and a half thousand people die on the roads each year - the casualty list of a sizeable war.’
    • ‘It tells the tale of a long march from the Nile to the Alps over three thousand hard-fought miles.’
    • ‘At least five thousand people died and thousands more were disabled permanently.’
    • ‘Several thousand varieties were at one time grown within our shores, he believes.’
    • ‘Today our discussion boards receive over two thousand individual posts per day.’
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    1. 1.1thousands The numbers from one thousand to 9,999:
      ‘the cost of repairs could be in the thousands’
      • ‘Our best estimate is that it may number no more than the low hundreds, rather than thousands.’
      • ‘It is not known how many were killed, but it is thought to have run into thousands.’
      • ‘The number of animals slaughtered will run into thousands over the next few days.’
      • ‘Most blogs have a dozen or so readers, but a handful have built up audiences in their thousands.’
      • ‘I would have to guess the number of folders is in the thousands.’
      • ‘Managers would not reveal the cost but said the bill had run into the thousands.’
    2. 1.2usually thousandsinformal An unspecified large number:
      ‘you'll meet thousands of girls before you find the one you like’
      ‘I have imagined it a thousand times’
      • ‘There are a thousand sites on the net which duplicate the popular links of the moment.’
      • ‘Much of my blogroll consists of sites that already have a thousand other links out there.’
      • ‘The name that launched a thousand quips now belongs to a man addled by cancer and excess.’
      • ‘What would be the right decisions in any one of a thousand possible scenarios?’
      • ‘It sounded as though a thousand suicides were howling in anguish in their eternal punishment.’
      • ‘There is too little justice, far too much hate, and a thousand more warnings every day of the year.’
      • ‘And even if the new shoes and their owner last for a thousand years, this is their finest hour.’
      • ‘I'm about to go and drop a thousand tissue paper snowflakes from the roof to surprise the kids.’
      • ‘As has been uttered a thousand times, it is not your common or garden Scottish golf course.’
      • ‘The best travel writing shoots off in a thousand directions while never letting a hair get out of place.’
      • ‘You can be stuck in a hotel, a thousand miles away in a different time zone, and it is never glamorous.’
      • ‘For every book that appears about him, a thousand pour forth about his evil predecessor.’
      • ‘I am sure if a thousand other officers did the same thing we would have changes.’
      • ‘As the sun rose it caught the shadows of a thousand bare footprints in the dust.’
      • ‘I would never in a thousand years advise anyone to write a novel about a real person.’
      • ‘On the internet we find thousands of sites dealing with just about every aspect of astrology.’
      • ‘I was a lot more messed up than I am now and it seems like a thousand years ago.’
      • ‘The veteran of a thousand battles charged out with the ball and fired it at the square.’
      • ‘Winehouse sounds as if she has performed a thousand times in smoky jazz clubs.’
      • ‘It was beautiful and could have sold by the thousand if she had continued to make them.’

Origin

Old English thūsend, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch duizend and German Tausend.

Pronunciation

thousand

/ˈθaʊz(ə)nd/