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

Examples of hundred in a Sentence

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There are hundreds, if not thousands, of people interested in this issue locally. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Anti-detention center protest set for Friday near The Woodlands," 8 July 2019 Paden is one of Southern California’s hundreds of dedicated volunteers who commit their free time to helping some of the world’s most exotic species. Sharon Boorstin,, "Want to get close to gibbons or pythons? Volunteer at one of these L.A. places," 4 July 2019 Writer Lindy West and her friend Amelia Bonow created a #ShoutYourAbortion Twitter campaign in 2015, which hundreds upon hundreds of women joined. Heidi Stevens,, "Men tell their abortion stories in 2 new essays. I hope it's the beginning of a movement.," 17 June 2019 Trump ordered tariffs of up to 25% on hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of Chinese exports and his administration is preparing to extend them to $300 billion more — almost all items shipped to the U.S. from China. Washington Post, "Asian stocks trail US rise on US-Mexico trade deal optimism," 7 June 2019 On June 9th hundreds of thousands of people—over a million, organisers say—peacefully marched in opposition to a government bill that would allow extraditions from Hong Kong to mainland China. The Economist, "Why Hong Kong’s protesters are braving tear gas and rubber bullets," 12 June 2019 Estimates of deaths vary from several thousand to hundreds of thousands. Mona Charen, National Review, "Lessons of Chernobyl," 7 June 2019 One is that these emergent phenomena can be understood only as collective behaviors — there is no way to make sense of them without looking at dozens, hundreds, thousands or more of the contributing elements en masse. Quanta Magazine, "How Complex Wholes Emerge From Simple Parts," 20 Dec. 2018 National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the death toll had risen to 82 with hundreds injured. Fox News, "The Latest: Pope prays for dead and consolation for grieving," 6 Aug. 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
: an amount that is more than 200
used to refer to a specified century


hun·​dred | \ ˈhən-drəd How to pronounce hundred (audio) \

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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