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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President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Friday freezing federal workers’ salaries for 2019, coming as hundreds of thousands of them are either furloughed or working without pay because of a political standoff over government funding. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "Trump orders federal pay freeze for 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 Designed in the 1970s, Aegis ties together the SPY-1 radar system and air defense missiles such as the Standard SM-2, SM-6, SM-3, and others to identify, track, and systematically shoot down up to hundreds of targets at a time. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Is Shrinking the Size of Its Gargantuan 70s-Era Computers," 26 Apr. 2019 Those contracts won’t be renewed, the chain said, and the increases add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars a week in additional revenue. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Amazon Slashed Prices at Whole Foods. Now They’re Climbing Back Up.," 12 Feb. 2019 With an annual cost of educating a child at $10,360 per student, a study showed keeping students in school an extra year adds up to hundreds of millions of dollars statewide. Shelby Webb, Houston Chronicle, "Report: Holding back students cost Texas $384 million last year," 12 Apr. 2018 Gravitational waves travel at the speed of light, so this giant crash took place 5 billion years ago, about hundreds of millions of years before our Solar System even existed. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Ancient black hole collision is the most massive researchers have ever observed," 3 Dec. 2018 Officials say the theft of trade secrets costs the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars a year, and that China and Chinese companies are the leading offenders. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "U.S. Detains Alleged Chinese Spy It Says Tried to Steal GE Trade Secrets," 10 Oct. 2018 The Georgian capital Tbilisi has been playing host to the Belt and Road Forum drawing hundreds of delegates from around the world. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "Travel options: Explore new lands, make new friends," 15 Mar. 2018 Where a few new planets once shook up our picture of our own place in the cosmos, data dumps about hundreds of newfound planets now elicit a yawn. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Kepler's Last Light, and Its Towering Legacy," 8 Feb. 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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