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

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

Pronunciation

thousand

/ˈθaʊz(ə)nd/