Meaning of “thousand” in the English Dictionary

"thousand" in British English

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thousandnumber

uk /ˈθaʊ.zənd/ us /ˈθaʊ.zənd/ plural thousand or thousands

A2 the number 1,000:

They had driven over a/one thousand miles.
The population of the village is about three thousand.
The damage will cost thousands of dollars to repair.
a thousand/thousands of sth B2 informal

a large number:

I have a thousand things to do before we go away.
the thousands

numbers between 1,000 and 1,000,000:

His latest work is expected to sell in the thousands.

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  • Your essay should be no more than two thousand words long.
  • Twelve thousand years ago, our ancestors were primitive savages living in caves.
  • A thousand people took part in the region's biggest-ever cycle race.
  • Our computer indexes several thousand new records every second.
  • Accommodation needs to be found for thousands of homeless families.

(Definition of “thousand” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"thousand" in American English

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thousandnumber

us /ˈθɑʊ·zənd/

1000:

A thousand people came to the game.
a thousand-dollar ring

(Definition of “thousand” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"thousand" in Business English

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thousandnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈθaʊzənd/ us 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 informal

a large number of people or things:

Thousands of jobs rely on this industry.
They spent thousands of dollars trying to fix the problem.
the thousands

numbers between 1,000 and 1,000,000:

His latest work is expected to sell in the thousands.

(Definition of “thousand” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)