hun·​dred | \ˈhən-drəd, -dərd\
plural hundreds or hundred

Definition of hundred 

1 : a number equal to 10 times 10 — see Table of Numbers

2 hundreds plural

a : the numbers 100 to 999

b : a great number hundreds of times

3 : a 100-dollar bill

4 : a subdivision of some English and American counties

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Other Words from hundred

hundred adjective
hundredfold \ ˈhən-​drəd-​ˌfōld , -​dərd-​ \ adjective or adverb
hundredth \ ˈhən-​drədth , -​drətth \ adjective or noun

Examples of hundred in a Sentence

it seems like we've answered this question hundreds of times

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Many of the accounts tweeted tens and even hundreds of thousands of times, the Journal found. Georgia Wells, WSJ, "Russian Trolls Weigh In on Roseanne Barr and Donald Trump Jr.," 19 June 2018 The 20-foot long, diaper-wearing, smartphone-clutching balloon flew for several hours above hundreds of bystanders, before it was deflated and packed away. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "'Trump Baby' flies as protesters in UK galvanize against US president," 13 July 2018 His voice trails off, but the implication is clear: For every young hopeful who breaks like Juice did, there are hundreds who get stuck. Paul Thompson, Billboard, "Juice WRLD Reflects on the Explosive Success of 'Lucid Dreams' and Continuing His Hot Streak," 28 June 2018 Both the Giant Magellan and the Thirty Meter Telescope are hundreds of millions of dollars short of their funding goals, according to unofficial estimates from outside scientists. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "Extremely Large, Extremely Expensive: The Race for the Next Giant Telescopes," 11 June 2018 Jones had lost all of her life savings-hundreds of thousands of dollars. Nick Leiber, ajc, "How criminals steal $37 billion a year from America's elderly," 5 May 2018 Related stories from Sacramento Bee Why hundreds more homeless camps and tons of garbage have been cleared from popular parkway North Sacramento has a homeless shelter. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Homeless people are moving from the river to homes in the suburbs. Does this approach work?," 10 June 2018 The project comes as hundreds of millions of dollars worth of amenities are added to iconic, previous-generation buildings such as Willis Tower, the Merchandise Mart, the long-vacant old main post office and Aon Center. Ryan Ori,, "Loop's Citadel Center getting $100 million-plus upgrade," 3 Apr. 2018 The shortage of troops comes as hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans flee a societal collapse, crowding cities and makeshift camps throughout the region in the largest mass emigration in modern Latin American history. Fabiola Zerpa,, "Venezuelan Soldiers Desert in Droves With Presidential Election Ahead," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of hundred

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hundred

Middle English, from Old English, from hund hundred + -red (akin to Goth rathjo account, number); akin to Latin centum hundred, Greek hekaton, Old English tien ten — more at ten, reason

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The first known use of hundred was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of hundred

: the number 100

hundreds : an amount that is more than 200

—used to refer to a specified century


hun·​dred | \ˈhən-drəd \

Kids Definition of hundred

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : ten times ten : 100

2 : a very large number He walked this route hundreds of times.



Kids Definition of hundred (Entry 2 of 2)

: being 100 a hundred years

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