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 An Associated Press review also found hundreds of other dams lacking official emergency plans that are located dangerously close to homes in Southeastern states that have been swamped by heavy rains and severe flooding in recent weeks. Washington Post, "Hundreds of dams lack emergency plans in rain-soaked South," 20 Feb. 2020 Kansas City saw hundreds of thousands of revelers converge downtown Wednesday to celebrate the Chiefs' Super Bowl victory. CBS News, "Kansas City Chiefs celebrate Super Bowl victory with parade and rally," 5 Feb. 2020 The Santa Clara County and Alameda County district attorneys’ offices announced Walgreens will pay $7.5 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the pharmacy chain allowed an unlicensed employee to handle hundreds of thousands of prescriptions. Chase Difeliciantonio,, "Unlicensed pharmacist claim costs Walgreens $7.5 million," 3 Feb. 2020 There are hundreds of thousands of phrases in all of the international sign languages. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "It's the International Day of Sign Languages! Here are some simple signs you should know," 23 Sep. 2019 However, the father's lineage wasn't entirely Denisovan—hundreds of generations back, there was a little bit of Neanderthal ancestry as well, from a group only distantly related to her mother. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "A New Fossil Holds an Ancient Secret About Humanity," 22 Aug. 2018 In the most recent instance, Cohen collected a fee said to be hundreds of thousands of dollars in a deal Davidson helped orchestrate. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Bill Cosby’s conviction is a watershed. It also shows how hard it is to hold alleged abusers accountable.," 27 Apr. 2018 For an urban air mobility (UAM) market to emerge at any sort of scale, Uber and industry observers believe that hundreds of thousands of four-passenger electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft will have to be built. Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "Uber and Hyundai’s plan to develop air taxis hinges on mass production," 20 Jan. 2020 Thousands of homes have been destroyed, and a University of Sydney professor estimates that hundreds of millions of animals, some of which exist nowhere else in the world, have been killed in the wildfires. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska firefighters sent to Australia to help manage raging blazes," 11 Jan. 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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25 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hundred.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 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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