What does thousand mean?

Definitions for thousand
ˈθaʊ zəndthou·sand

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word thousand.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. thousand, one thousand, 1000, M, K, chiliad, G, grand, thou, yardadjective

    the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100

  2. thousand, one thousand, 1000, m, kadjective

    denoting a quantity consisting of 1,000 items or units


  1. thousandnumeral

    A numerical value equal to 1,000 = 10 100 = 10

  2. Etymology: From þusend.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Thousandadj. or n.s.

    Etymology: þusend , Saxon; duysend, Dutch.

    About three thousand years ago, navigation of the world for remote voyages was greater than at this day. Francis Bacon.

    So fair, and thousand, thousand times more fair
    She seem’d, when she presented was to fight. Fa. Qu.

    For harbour at a thousand doors they knock’d,
    Not one of all the thousand but was lock’d. Dryden.

    Search the herald’s roll,
    Where thou shalt find thy famous pedigree,
    Drawn from the root of some old Tuscan tree,
    And thou, a thousand off, a fool of long degree. Dryden.

    Though he regulates himself by justice, he finds a thousand occasions for generosity and compassion. Joseph Addison, Spect.

    How many thousands pronounce boldly on the affairs of the publick, whom God nor men never qualified for such judgment. Isaac Watts.


  1. thousand

    1000 or one thousand is the natural number following 999 and preceding 1001. In most English-speaking countries, it can be written with or without a comma or sometimes a period separating the thousands digit: 1,000. A group of one thousand things is sometimes known, from Ancient Greek, as a chiliad. A period of one thousand years may be known as a chiliad or, more often from Latin, as a millennium. The number 1000 is also sometimes described as a short thousand in medieval contexts where it is necessary to distinguish the Germanic concept of 1200 as a long thousand.


  1. thousand

    Thousand is a numerical value that represents the quantity of one thousand individual units or objects. It is equivalent to the number 1,000 in the decimal system.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thousandnoun

    the number of ten hundred; a collection or sum consisting of ten times one hundred units or objects

  2. Thousandnoun

    hence, indefinitely, a great number

  3. Thousandnoun

    a symbol representing one thousand units; as, 1,000, M or CI/

  4. Thousandadjective

    consisting of ten hundred; being ten times one hundred

  5. Thousandadjective

    hence, consisting of a great number indefinitely

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Thousand

    thow′zand, adj. denoting ten hundred: proverbially, denoting any great number.—n. the number ten hundred: any large number.—adj. Thou′sandfold, folded a thousand times: multiplied by a thousand.—n. Thou′sand-legs, any one of the Myriapoda.—adj. Thou′sandth, the last of a thousand or of any great number.—n. one of a thousand or of any great number.—One in [of] a thousand, anything exceedingly rare, implying a high degree of rarity or excellence. [A.S. thúsend; Ger. tausend, Goth. thúsundi.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Thousand is ranked #48901 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Thousand surname appeared 431 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Thousand.

    84.4% or 364 total occurrences were White.
    8.1% or 35 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    4.8% or 21 total occurrences were Black.
    1.8% or 8 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'thousand' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1978

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'thousand' in Written Corpus Frequency: #224

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'thousand' in Nouns Frequency: #250

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  2. hands out

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thousand in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thousand in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of thousand in a Sentence

  1. William Faulkner:

    The artist is of no importance. Only what he creates is important, since there is nothing new to be said. Shakespeare, Balzac, Homer have all written about the same things, and if they had lived one thousand or two thousand years longer, the publishers wouldn't have needed anyone since.

  2. Paul Offit:

    You are going to be doing trials in four thousand, seven thousand, ten thousand children and then you are going to be giving vaccine to millions of children, we're moving as quickly as we can, it's just not easy to move that quickly when you talk about doing big vaccine trials.

  3. Robert Herrick:

    Give me a kiss, and to that kiss a score Then to that twenty, add a hundred more A thousand to that hundred so kiss on, To make that thousand up a million. Treble that million, and when that is done, Let's kiss afresh, as when we first begun.

  4. Ron DeSantis:

    As soon as we get this stuff here or in Orlando we're getting it out, all of this stuff is in such short supply around the world and around our country, but particularly involving these collection swabs to take the samples. As soon as we get them we push them out. So we'll be pushing out a thousand swabs to Miami-Dade, another thousand swabs to Broward, another thousand swabs to Hillsborough( counties).

  5. Francis William Bourdillon:

    The Night has a thousand eyes, And the Day but one; Yet the light of the bright world dies With the dying sun. The mind has a thousand eyes, And the heart but one; Yet the light of a whole life dies When love is done.

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