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
Related Words for hundredsarmy, cloud, crowd, drove, flock, host, hundred, legion, lot, mass, multitude, myriad, rout, swarm, throng, million
Examples from the Web for hundreds
Contemporary Examples of hundreds
Over the next six months hundreds of same-sex couples married.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality
December 30, 2014
Bad weather is a feature of hundreds of flights across the world every day.Did Bad Weather Bring Down AirAsia 8501?
December 29, 2014
Cricket is a sport enjoyed by hundreds of millions around the globe, mainly in former British colonies.The Story of the World’s Greatest Cricket Player
December 24, 2014
Hundreds of cops saluting as the bodies were rolled out with a full escort by highway patrol.Anger at The Cop Killer - And The Police
December 21, 2014
Hundreds of years ago the most beautiful women of Havana were only glimpsed stepping in or out of carriages on this street.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
Historical Examples of hundreds
The narrowest and deepest gorge is hundreds of feet deep in the shale.Yorkshire Painted And Described
There are hundreds of them who steal because they don't get enough to eat.Within the Law
She had been mingling with hundreds of boys and girls in high school.
She looked over the cliff down an appalling depth of hundreds of feet.
Why, there are hundreds and hundreds of them--and the smallest worth not less than fifty pounds!The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
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).