Definition of thousand number from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈθaʊznd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈθaʊznd//
    (abbreviation K)
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  1. 1  1 000 You say a, one, two, etc. thousand without a final ‘s’ on ‘thousand’. Thousands (of…) can be used if there is no number or quantity before it. Always use a plural verb with thousand or thousands, except when an amount of money is mentionedFour thousand (people) are expected to attend.Two thousand (pounds) was withdrawn from the account.
  2. 2  a thousand, thousands (of…) (usually informal) a large number There were thousands of people there.
  3. 3the thousands the numbers from 1 000 to 9 999 The cost ran into the thousands.
  4. There are more examples of how to use numbers at the entry for hundred.
    Word OriginOld English thūsend, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch duizend and German Tausend.Idioms (North American English, informal) to be very successful He’s made another sale? He’s really batting a thousand!
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