Why is 1000$ called a 'grand'?


Recently I have noticed that people (especially in the USA) call each 1000$ as a 'grand'.

"It costs 48 grand" = "It costs 48 thousand USD"

I have got two related questions about it:

  1. Why is it called 'grand'?
  2. How common is the usage of it in the UK?

Judicious Allure

Posted 2019-09-30T03:21:58.937

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1My parents here in Yorkshire use the word a lot too. I didn't get it as a child, and to be honest, I still don't get it now. – Aeon Akechi – 2019-09-30T03:34:12.233

Very common in the UK. – Michael Harvey – 2019-09-30T08:51:01.080



The term "grand" is American slang from the early 1900s, presumably from the expression "a grand sum of money" to mean $1,000. As with most questions of etymology, we don't know who first used the phrase. The best we can do, in most cases, is to find the earliest written usage, which is around 1915 for "grand."

The usage of it is quite common (for 10 grand anyway) from this Ngram and is increasing:


It is very common in the UK.


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