hun·dred | \ ˈhən-drəd , -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, -dərd- \ adjective or adverb
hundredth \ˈhən-drədth, -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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Some of the biggest names on Twitter lost hundreds of thousands of followers on Thursday, but not because anyone clicked the unfollow button. Alyssa Newcomb /, NBC News, "As Twitter purge begins, Trump, Obama, Perry lose hundreds of thousands of followers," 12 July 2018 Farmers join efforts to harvest Joe Hottinger's hundreds of acres following his tragic death. USA TODAY, "Farm income could be lowest in 12 years, falls by more than half," 17 May 2018 And fueling costs only a few hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to Musk. Loren Grush, The Verge, "SpaceX’s last Falcon 9 upgrade could finally make reusable rockets cost-effective," 9 May 2018 The racehorses have reportedly earned the Middletons hundreds of thousands of pounds in prize money. Eileen Reslen, Town & Country, "Carole and Michael Middleton Have Made Millions Off of Party Planning," 8 May 2018 Unfortunately, this goal is not always met: every year hundreds of patients have some awareness under anesthesia. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "What Is Consciousness?," 8 May 2018 The Pro Football Hall of Fame as undergone hundreds of millions of dollars worth of renovations, including to Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Dan Labbe,, "Cleveland and Canton named as finalists to host NFL Draft in 2019 or 2020," 15 Feb. 2018 The debate over immigration reached a fever pitch in recent months following reports that since October hundreds of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border have been separated from their parents. Colleen Long, azcentral, "US-Mexico border arrests exceed 50,000 in May for illegal crossings," 6 June 2018 The number of victims now is about hundreds of thousands of people. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Russia stays in the driver’s seat in Syria," 10 July 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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Phrases Related to hundred

ninety-nine times out of a hundred

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English Language Learners Definition of hundred

: the number 100

hundreds : an amount that is more than 200

—used to refer to a specified century


hun·dred | \ ˈhən-drəd \

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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