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 ultimately a compound with indefinite meaning "several hundred" or "a great multitude" (with first element perhaps related to Skt. tawas "strong, force"). Used to translate Gk. khilias, L. mille, hence the refinement into the precise modern meaning. There was no general IE word for "thousand." Slang shortening thou first recorded 1867. Thousand island dressing (1916) is presumably named for the region of New York on the St. Lawrence River.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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