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
Contemporary Examples of hundred
A hundred ultra-wealthy liberal and conservative donors have taken over the political system.The 100 Rich People Who Run America
January 5, 2015
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
January 4, 2015
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
January 3, 2015
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
December 13, 2014
His photography has won more than a hundred awards, including the prestigious Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography.The Best Coffee Table Books of 2014
December 13, 2014
Historical Examples of hundred
You can just as well get into the hundred million class as not, and I know it.
But unless he did something a hundred lives perhaps might be lost.
You wouldn't think it was a hundred yards back from the track, would you?
There is not more than one chance in a hundred of its reaching its destination.
His name was Cup and he too had inherited his land from a hundred other Cups who had gone before.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
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
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.
see by the dozen (hundred).