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

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

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And so, last week hundreds of children were left stranded on the first day of school in Mississippi, their parents taken away without their knowledge. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Kamala Harris Slams Trump's 'Campaign Of Terror' Against Immigrants," 12 Aug. 2019 Two other therapies that were approved to treat multi-drug resistant TB—bedaquiline in 2012 and delaminid in 2014—cost hundreds to thousands of dollars for a six-month supply. Amy Maxmen, Scientific American, "Treatment for Extreme Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Wins U.S. Government Approval," 16 Aug. 2019 This poses a challenge that many scientists aren’t formally trained to tackle: Recruit hundreds of participants through elaborate marketing and networking. Jordan Wilkerson, Dallas News, "UTD lab's marketing challenge: Recruit veterans for PTSD study," 15 Aug. 2019 Until that changes, each year hundreds of men and women, both the guilty and the innocent, will die, desperate and alone in their cells. Andrew Cohen, The New Republic, "The Completely Predictable Death of Jeffrey Epstein," 11 Aug. 2019 And - after the largest targeted attack on Latinos in modern U.S. history - hundreds are arrested in workplace immigration raids. NBC News, "Meet the Press - August 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 But that’s in evolutionary time: Tens, even hundreds of thousands of years from now, says Baez-Ortega. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "How a 6,000-Year-Old Dog Cancer Spread Around the World," 1 Aug. 2019 American Airlines, United and Southwest have canceled all flights on that aircraft - hundreds a day - into early November and October. Hannah Sampson,, "Airfare is dropping — and you can enjoy the trend through September," 16 July 2019 There are some hundreds of billions of galaxies in the universe. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Scientists weighed all the mass in the Milky Way galaxy. It’s mind-boggling.," 27 June 2019

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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 entry 1

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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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