Definition of hundred in English:


cardinal number

  • 1The number equivalent to the product of ten and ten; ten more than ninety; 100.

    ‘a hundred yards away’
    ‘there are just a hundred of us here’
    • ‘That stuff goes for the equivalent of a hundred bucks a kilo, but you can't buy it.’
    • ‘Each of these companies launched over a hundred products in these two years.’
    • ‘I'd topped a fold and begun the last scramble to my truck when something streaked across the snowfield a hundred yards in front of me.’
    • ‘I must grit my teeth and remind myself that I did need a laptop, and that I did get over a hundred pounds off it.’
    • ‘Boys go in groups of fifteen to thirty to bush camps, where they stay for ninety to a hundred days to recover from the operation.’
    • ‘On the day a hundred consumers accessed the server and downloaded the product, a hundred units had been distributed.’
    • ‘Now, our biggest guy on the team is about a foot shorter and at least a hundred pounds lighter than the biggest guy on their team.’
    • ‘He says he could have earned a hundred pounds in an evening if he had accepted such offers.’
    • ‘And those are the decisions you're making a hundred times an hour and hoping that your instincts are good.’
    • ‘Along with his ban he was also fined £1,500 and ordered to serve a hundred hours community punishment.’
    • ‘My previous headmistress had said that winning the scholarship was as good as a hundred pounds in my pocket.’
    • ‘By the way, ninety to a hundred years ago, this was the first stop for a variety of immigrants.’
    • ‘To get advice on problems posed by one manuscript, I spent more than a hundred hours talking to individuals dispersed across the country.’
    • ‘I was really worried I'd have to go to a gym and do a hundred sit-ups every half hour but Jenny says it's not how much exercise you do, but how you do it.’
    • ‘He said how it normally would cost about a hundred bucks an hour but he might discount it a little seeing as how I am a friend.’
    • ‘I was the first to graduate from the class as I already had about a hundred hours of flying time.’
    • ‘Walk a hundred yards in among the pines and you leave the city.’
    • ‘Less than a hundred hours of work would have made it ready to fly.’
    • ‘I'm fortunate in that I only get ten to twenty per day, but I know people who receive ninety to a hundred, which is a real pain.’
    • ‘On Saturday morning, I slipped into and out of a top-secret area of the lab while guards sat, unaware, less than a hundred yards away.’
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    1. 1.1The numbers from one hundred to 999.
      ‘an unknown number, probably in the hundreds, had already been lost’
      • ‘Current playable songs number only in the hundreds.’
      • ‘She currently employs 38 people directly but that number runs to hundreds when the autumn and spring shows loom.’
      • ‘I guess the fish will never be like the old days when catches of bream and tailor numbered into the hundreds.’
      • ‘My list of famous and prestigious clients numbers into the many hundreds.’
      • ‘Eric estimates his audience to number in the low hundreds.’
      • ‘Today, budgets are in the millions and staffs number in the hundreds.’
      • ‘Creationist scientists now number in the hundreds, possibly in the thousands, in the States and in other countries.’
      • ‘There are no official estimates of deaths in Beijing, but most observers believe that casualties numbered in the hundreds.’
      • ‘But we do know, and the military planners in Washington know it too, that the number is in the hundreds, and is rising fast.’
      • ‘And so, as the years passed, my collection grew to number in the hundreds.’
      • ‘In the summer, visitors who arrive by ferry number in the hundreds.’
      • ‘The reasons as to why this action was so outrageous numbered in the hundreds.’
      • ‘The guerrillas still numbered in the hundreds, not thousands as they claim, he added.’
      • ‘Enrollment in some clubs, particularly culturally-based clubs, numbered in the hundreds.’
      • ‘His tears of joy mix with sweat as he does a barefoot dance, to the delight of a mostly African crowd that numbers in the hundreds.’
      • ‘Hopefully the deaths that will result will only be numbered in the hundreds - because some of the ships in question have nukes on board.’
      • ‘Inhabitants of the area numbered only in the hundreds.’
      • ‘The coalition says the gunmen number in the hundreds.’
      • ‘Online programs for health care workers number in the hundreds.’
      • ‘Search results are constantly updated and number in the hundreds.’
    2. 1.2Several hundred things or people.
      ‘her coat cost hundreds of pounds’
      • ‘A waterside football club has been left with a bill running into hundreds of pounds after a spate of attacks by vandals.’
      • ‘A shot may consist of dozens, hundreds, or thousands of image layers.’
      • ‘Players will have a fairly large assortment of weapons, but not hundreds.’
      • ‘Scores dead, hundreds wounded, dozens of television networks scrambling to find an angle.’
      • ‘If the figures are multiplied nationally hundreds of potentially serious errors are taking place annually.’
      • ‘As a keynote speaker or presenter at an event with a large attendance, you can sell hundreds of books.’
      • ‘Every year, the 38-year-old raises hundreds of pounds for the Swindon branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.’
      • ‘Cost is an important factor for patients on multiple medications often costing hundreds of dollars per month.’
      • ‘I've considered in the past going up to a homeless person and giving them a large amount of money - hundreds of pounds - in one go.’
      • ‘A brass band played salsa tunes as hundreds of protesters of myriad nationalities danced, sang and chanted in colourful, unthreatening resistance.’
      • ‘On Sunday July 20 hundreds turned out to pick their way over the myriad of food and trinket stalls.’
      • ‘This tradition is hundreds of years old and is the largest activity of the year.’
      • ‘Police say the recent spate of incidents has left homeowners with hundreds of pounds of repair bills.’
      • ‘After laying in the ground for hundreds of years, many metals superficially identified as silver may very well be white metal instead.’
      • ‘Let us not forget that this was a multiple hijacking, of which there have been hundreds over the decades since commercial flight became popular.’
      • ‘Although these are not numbered, there are hundreds of them.’
      • ‘Graduates with multiple loan balances can save hundreds of dollars a month by consolidating their student loans.’
      • ‘This scenario is reproduced dozens, hundreds, thousands of times a night in New Orleans.’
      • ‘His animals would have travelled no more than 20 miles to slaughter and not the hundreds of miles that can be associated with the large multiples.’
      • ‘But the crisis galvanised not just a few good men and women, but dozens, scores, hundreds.’
    3. 1.3informal An unspecified large number.
      ‘hundreds of letters poured in’
    4. 1.4The years of a specified century.
      ‘the early nineteen hundreds’
    5. 1.5One hundred years old.
      ‘you must be over a hundred!’
      • ‘So, for a wolverine, living to ninety or a hundred or more would not be a big deal.’
    6. 1.6One hundred miles per hour.
    7. 1.7Cricket A batsman's score of a hundred runs or more.
      ‘his ninth Test hundred’
      • ‘He played 29 tests for India and scored 1202 runs including a hundred against West Indies.’
      • ‘Personally, I would like nothing more than scoring a hundred at Lord's.’
      • ‘Yet, ever since became a Test opener, he has scored a hundred in every series except in New Zealand, a feat not achieved by any of his illustrious colleagues.’
      • ‘As soon as he completed his run, he lifted his bat and waved it at the crowds, the way a batsman does when he scores a 50 or a hundred.’
      • ‘His Test average since that hundred is 56.37 and he has scored 1,635 runs.’
    8. 1.8(chiefly in spoken English) used to express whole hours in the twenty-four-hour system.
      ‘twelve hundred hours’


  • A subdivision of a county or shire, having its own court.

    ‘Wantage Hundred’


Late Old English, from hund ‘hundred’ (from an Indo-European root shared with Latin centum and Greek hekaton) + a second element meaning ‘number’; of Germanic origin and related to Dutch honderd and German hundert. The noun sense ‘subdivision of a county’ is of uncertain origin: it may originally have been equivalent to a hundred hides of land (see hide).