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
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,, "Don Cheadle, Steve Carell, Kehlani, and more are helping bail out Minnesota protestors," 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, "As Contracts Expire During Shutdown, Players and Clubs Ask: Now What?," 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, "The U.S. Soccer Team Is Still Fighting for Equal Treatment," 4 May 2020 There are hundreds, if not thousands, of models that promise to do effectively the same thing: bag fish. Outdoor Life, "Four top-rated fishing nets that won’t leave you empty-handed," 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, "Lockdown protests taking place across the country as other states begin to open," 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, "Remote Ramadan: How pandemic alters month of fasting, philanthropy," 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, "Turning Appalachian Trail Into a Green Wall," 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,, "Official counts understate the US coronavirus death toll," 6 Apr. 2020

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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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“Hundred.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce hundred (audio)

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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