noun, plural hun·dreds, (as after a numeral) hun·dred.


amounting to one hundred in number.

Nearby words

  1. hunchback,
  2. hunchback of notre dame, the,
  3. hunchbacked,
  4. hunched,
  5. hund.,
  6. hundred and eighty degree turn,
  7. hundred days,
  8. hundred flowers,
  9. hundred years war,
  10. hundred years' war


    keep it one hundred, Slang. to remain completely genuine or authentic; be totally honest or truthful. Also keep it 100.

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 “a hundred” (cognate with Gothic hund; akin to Latin centum, Greek hekatón, Avestan satəm, Sanskrit śatám, Old Church Slavonicsŭto, Lithuanian šímtas) + -red “tale, count,” from Germanic rath, akin to Gothic rathjō “number, account” (see read1) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hundred

British Dictionary definitions for hundred


noun plural -dreds or -dred

the cardinal number that is the product of ten and ten; five scoreSee also number (def. 1)
a numeral, 100, C, etc, representing this number
(often plural) a large but unspecified number, amount, or quantitythere will be hundreds of people there
the hundreds
  1. the numbers 100 to 109the temperature was in the hundreds
  2. the numbers 100 to 199his score went into the hundreds
  3. the numbers 100 to 999the price was in the hundreds
(plural) the 100 years of a specified centuryin the sixteen hundreds
something representing, represented by, or consisting of 100 units
maths the position containing a digit representing that number followed by two zerosin 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 hundreda hundred reasons for that
  2. (as pronoun)the hundred I chose
amounting to 100 times a particular scientific quantitya hundred volts
Related formsRelated prefix: hecto-

Word Origin for hundred

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


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Idioms and Phrases with hundred


see by the dozen (hundred).

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