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[huhn-drid] /ˈhʌn drɪd/
noun, plural hundreds (as after a numeral) hundred.
a cardinal number, ten times ten.
a symbol for this number, as 100 or C.
a set of this many persons or things:
a hundred of the men.
hundreds, a number between 100 and 999, as in referring to an amount of money:
Property loss was only in the hundreds of dollars.
  1. a hundred-dollar bill.
  2. the sum of one hundred dollars.
(formerly) an administrative division of an English county.
a similar division in colonial Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia, and in present-day Delaware.
Also called hundred's place. Mathematics.
  1. (in a mixed number) the position of the third digit to the left of the decimal point.
  2. (in a whole number) the position of the third digit from the right.
amounting to one hundred in number.
Origin of hundred
before 950; Middle English, Old English (cognate with Old Frisian hundred, Old Saxon hundred, Old Norse hundrath, Dutch honderd, German hundert), equivalent to hund 100 (cognate with Gothic hund; akin to Latin centum, Greek hekatón, Avestan satəm, Sanskrit śatám, OCS sŭto, Lithuanian šímtas) + -red tale, count, akin to Gothic rathjan to reckon (see read1) Unabridged
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  • Here were no barren hill-crests with a hundred weatherworn facets.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • The troopers were not a hundred yards away, and there were fifty of them.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • Two circles were formed, about a hundred yards off, for prisons.

    Ernest Bracebridge William H. G. Kingston
  • We had only about a hundred miles between the steamers and Lake Michigan.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • "I have made a hundred thousand dollars and lost all," was his reply.

    Abraham Lincoln William Eleroy Curtis
British Dictionary definitions for hundred


noun (pl) -dreds, -dred
the cardinal number that is the product of ten and ten; five score See also number (sense 1)
a numeral, 100, C, etc, representing this number
(often pl) a large but unspecified number, amount, or quantity: there will be hundreds of people there
the hundreds
  1. the numbers 100 to 109: the temperature was in the hundreds
  2. the numbers 100 to 199: his score went into the hundreds
  3. the numbers 100 to 999: the price was in the hundreds
(pl) the 100 years of a specified century: in the sixteen hundreds
something representing, represented by, or consisting of 100 units
(maths) the position containing a digit representing that number followed by two zeros: in 4376, 3 is in the hundred's place
an ancient division of a county in England, Ireland, and parts of the US
  1. amounting to or approximately a hundred: a hundred reasons for that
  2. (as pronoun): the hundred I chose
amounting to 100 times a particular scientific quantity: a hundred volts
prefix hecto-
Word Origin
Old English; related to Old Frisian hunderd, Old Norse hundrath, German hundert, Gothic hund, Latin centum, Greek hekaton
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Word Origin and History for hundred

Old English hundred "the number of 100, a counting of 100," from West Germanic *hundrath (cf. Old Norse hundrað, German hundert); first element is Proto-Germanic *hundam "hundred" (cf. Gothic hund, Old High German hunt), from PIE *km-tom "hundred," reduced from *dkm-tom- (cf. Sanskrit satam, Avestan satem, Greek hekaton, Latin centum, Lithuanian simtas, Old Church Slavonic suto, Old Irish cet, Breton kant "hundred"), from *dekm- "ten" (see ten).

Second element is Proto-Germanic *rath "reckoning, number" (cf. Gothic raþjo "a reckoning, account, number," garaþjan "to count;" see read (v.)). The common word for the number in Old English was simple hund, and Old English also used hund-teontig.

In Old Norse hundrath meant 120, that is the long hundred of six score, and at a later date, when both the six-score hundred and the five-score hundred were in use, the old or long hundred was styled hundrath tolf-roett ... meaning "duodecimal hundred," and the new or short hundred was called hundrath ti-rætt, meaning "decimal hundred." "The Long Hundred and its use in England" was discussed by Mr W.H. Stevenson, in 1889, in the Archcæological Review (iv. 313-27), where he stated that amongst the Teutons, who longest preserved their native customs unimpaired by the influence of Latin Christianity, the hundred was generally the six-score hundred. The short hundred was introduced among the Northmen in the train of Christianity. ["Transactions" of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society, 1907]
Meaning "division of a county or shire with its own court" (still in some British place names and U.S. state of Delaware) was in Old English and probably represents 100 hides of land. The Hundred Years War (which ran intermittently from 1337 to 1453) was first so called in 1874. The original Hundred Days was the period between Napoleon's restoration and his final abdication in 1815.

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