hundred

noun

hun·​dred ˈhən-drəd How to pronounce hundred (audio)
-dərd
plural hundreds or 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
hundred adjective
hundredfold adjective or adverb
hundredth
ˈhən-drədth How to pronounce hundred (audio)
-drətth
adjective or noun

Example Sentences

it seems like we've answered this question hundreds of times
Recent Examples on the Web Celebrities like John Boyega have spoken out against the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis by a police officer just as hundreds are protesting in the city and around the country. Omar Sanchez, EW.com, 29 May 2020 On June 30 — the date when most contracts in European soccer expire — hundreds, if not thousands, of players will be out of work. Rory Smith, New York Times, 11 May 2020 Men’s professional soccer is the world’s most popular sport; many of the players on the U.S. men’s team make hundreds of thousands, and even millions, playing for their club teams. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 4 May 2020 There are hundreds, if not thousands, of models that promise to do effectively the same thing: bag fish. Outdoor Life, 27 Apr. 2020 Days before at a larger protest in Raleigh hundreds gathered to speak out against Gov. Roy Cooper’s extension of the stay-at-home order until May 8. Fox News, 1 May 2020 Arab states, Israel, and Turkey have issued nighttime curfews starting before or just after sunset to prevent citizens from forming their own public late night tarawih prayers, gatherings that could reach the hundreds to thousands. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Apr. 2020 The Fourth Circuit ruling giving the National Park Service control of Forest Service land hundreds feet under the trail is as fantastical as the Dr. Seuss character. WSJ, 4 Mar. 2020 Across the United States, even as coronavirus deaths are being recorded in terrifying numbers — many hundreds each day — the true death toll is likely much higher. Sarah Kliff, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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 entry 1

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Hundred.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hundred. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

hundred

noun

hun·​dred ˈhən-drəd How to pronounce hundred (audio)
-dərd
plural hundreds or hundred
1
: a number equal to 10 times 10 see number
2
: a very large number
hundreds of times
3
: a 100-dollar bill
gave me change for a hundred
hundred adjective

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