thousand UK US /ˈθaʊzənd/ noun [C] (plural thousand, or thousands)
the number 1,000: »

They paid three hundred thousand for the house.


Thirty thousand dollars a year doesn't really go very far in the modern world.


Two thousand workers are being made redundant.

thousands of sb/sth — Cf. thousands of sth
the thousands — Cf. the thousands
See also COST PER THOUSAND(Cf. ↑cost per thousand)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Thousand — Thou sand, n. [OE. [thorn]ousend, [thorn]usend, AS. [thorn][=u]send; akin to OS. th[=u]sundig, th[=u]sind, OFries. thusend, D. duizend, G. tausend, OHG. t[=u]sunt, d[=u]sunt, Icel. [thorn][=u]sund, [thorn][=u]shund, Sw. tusen, Dan. tusind, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thousand — O.E. þusend, from P.Gmc. *thusundi (Cf. O.Fris. thusend, Du. duizend, O.H.G. dusunt, Ger. tausend, O.N. þusund, Goth. þusundi); related to words in Balto Slavic (Cf. Lith. tukstantis, O.C.S. tysashta, Pol. tysiД…c, Czech tisic), and probably… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Thousand — Thou sand, a. 1. Consisting of ten hundred; being ten times one hundred. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, consisting of a great number indefinitely. Perplexed with a thousand cares. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thousand — ► CARDINAL NUMBER 1) (a/one thousand) the number equivalent to the product of a hundred and ten; 1,000. (Roman numeral: m or M.) 2) (thousands) informal an unspecified large number. DERIVATIVES thousandfold adjective & adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • thousand — [thou′zənd] n. [ME thusend < OE, akin to Ger tausend < PGmc * thus hundi, “many hundred” < IE base * tēu , to swell, increase + PGmc * hund , HUNDRED] 1. ten hundred; 1,000; M 2. an indefinite but very large number: a hyperbolic use adj …   English World dictionary

  • thousand — thou|sand [ˈθauzənd] number plural thousand or thousands [: Old English; Origin: thusend] 1.) the number 1000 ▪ a journey of almost a thousand miles two/three/four etc thousand ▪ five thousand dollars ▪ The company employs 30 thousand people …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • thousand — /thow zeuhnd/, n., pl. thousands, (as after a numeral) thousand, adj. n. 1. a cardinal number, 10 times 100. 2. a symbol for this number, as 1000 or M. 3. thousands. the numbers between 1000 and 999,999, as in referring to an amount of money:… …   Universalium

  • thousand — [[t]θa͟ʊz(ə)nd[/t]] ♦ thousands (The plural form is thousand after a number, or after a word or expression referring to a number, such as several or a few .) 1) NUM: usu a/num NUM A thousand or one thousand is the number 1,000. ...five thousand… …   English dictionary

  • thousand */*/ — UK [ˈθaʊz(ə)nd] / US number Get it right: thousand: After a number, or after several or a few, use the singular form thousand: Wrong: There are about fourteen thousands airports all over the world. Right: There are about fourteen thousand… …   English dictionary

  • thousand — /ˈθaʊzənd / (say thowzuhnd) noun (plural thousands, as after a numeral, thousand) 1. a cardinal number, ten times one hundred. 2. a symbol for this number, as 1000 or M. 3. (plural) a great number or amount. –adjective 4. amounting to one… …  

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