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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Last summer hundreds of Danes, including many non-Muslims, protested in the streets of Copenhagen against their country’s new ban. The Economist, "Burqa bans have proliferated in Western Europe," 9 Aug. 2019 Following his arrest, investigators searching his home found hundreds, if not thousands, of photos of nude underage girls or women, court papers say. NBC News, "Jeffrey Epstein shows no sign of injury following possible suicide attempt," 31 July 2019 Overall, the preliminary analysis of the 2018 survey indicates humpback group numbers in the high hundreds, if not the low thousands. Steve Benjamin, National Geographic, "Humpback whales make stunning comeback in southern Africa," 18 July 2019 In the process, the Chinese government massacred at least hundreds, maybe thousands, of its own people, most of them students. Ian Bremmer, Time, "The Legacy of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in China," 6 June 2019 There were also other humans, but not like us: Neanderthals, whose own ancestors had wandered out of Africa hundreds of thousands of years earlier, had already adapted to the cold and harsh conditions. Andrew Curry, National Geographic, "The first Europeans weren’t who you might think," 12 July 2019 These creators provide tens of millions of songs that may not make the top 100 charts, but which do earn small amounts of royalties that add up to hundreds of millions of dollars. Caleb Shreve, Billboard, "The Key Issues With Implementing the MMA's Mechanical Licensing Collective (Guest Op-Ed)," 25 June 2019 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

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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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