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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Plural of thank 'gratefulness' (11-17 centuries), from Old English thanc 'thought, gratefulness'

thanks

2 noun
     
thanks2 [plural]
1 the things you say or do to show that you are grateful to someone:
Joe got up and left without a word of thanks.
thanks to
My thanks to all of you for your help.
2

thanks to somebody/something

informal because of someone or something:
We've reached our goal of $50,000, thanks to the generosity of the public.
Some ski resorts opened early, thanks to a late-October snowstorm.
! Do not say 'thank to someone/something'.see usage note owing to
3

no thanks to somebody/something

spoken an expression meaning 'in spite of ', used when someone should have helped you but did not:
It was no thanks to you that we managed to win the game.

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