Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A group that contains 1,000 elements.
  • n. One thousand years; a millennium.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a group of 1000 things
  • n. a period of 1000 years; a millennium

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thousand; the aggregate of a thousand things; especially, a period of a thousand years.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A thousand; the numbers from one multiple of a thousand to the next.
  • n. Specifically The period of a thousand years.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100

Etymologies

Late Latin chīlias, chīliad-, from Greek khīlias, from khīlioi, thousand; see gheslo- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
chilia- + -ad (Wiktionary)

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