noun, plural hun·dreds, (as after a numeral) hun·dred.
- a hundred-dollar bill.
- the sum of one hundred dollars.
- (in a mixed number) the position of the third digit to the left of the decimal point.
- (in a whole number) the position of the third digit from the right.
Origin of hundred
Examples from the Web for hundred
A hundred ultra-wealthy liberal and conservative donors have taken over the political system.
A running joke inside the tribe is that the group is like that club with a hundred people waiting outside to get in.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement|Charlise Ferguson|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And of course, Rod, being Rod, goes for it a hundred percent; his mouth drops open and he says, ‘What?’The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He carried around a hundred pounds too many most of his life, a great buffer of flesh between himself and the world.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His photography has won more than a hundred awards, including the prestigious Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography.
It sounded like a hundred painters were fightin' to the death.Scouting with Daniel Boone|Everett T. Tomlinson
Toward the end of the hundred hours Jackson, the prison doctor, examined my physical condition several times.The Jacket (The Star-Rover)|Jack London
But who could help it, when there were an hundred judges on the bench?The Jest Book|Mark Lemon
Better kill a hundred friends, he thought, than be captured by a single pirate.The Monster Men|Edgar Rice Burroughs
Great valleys opened out, dotted with mimosa patches and baobab, and half a hundred varieties of shrubbery.Haviland's Chum|Bertram Mitford
British Dictionary definitions for hundred
noun plural -dreds or -dred
- the numbers 100 to 109the temperature was in the hundreds
- the numbers 100 to 199his score went into the hundreds
- the numbers 100 to 999the price was in the hundreds
- amounting to or approximately a hundreda hundred reasons for that
- (as pronoun)the hundred I chose
Word Origin for hundred
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.
Idioms and Phrases with hundred
see by the dozen (hundred).