Definition of hundred in English:


cardinal number

a/one hundred
  • 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’
    • ‘By the way, ninety to a hundred years ago, this was the first stop for a variety of immigrants.’
    • ‘Less than a hundred hours of work would have made it ready to fly.’
    • ‘Each of these companies launched over a hundred products in these two years.’
    • ‘He says he could have earned a hundred pounds in an evening if he had accepted such offers.’
    • ‘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 the first to graduate from the class as I already had about a hundred hours of flying time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That stuff goes for the equivalent of a hundred bucks a kilo, but you can't buy it.’
    • ‘Along with his ban he was also fined £1,500 and ordered to serve a hundred hours community punishment.’
    • ‘On the day a hundred consumers accessed the server and downloaded the product, a hundred units had been distributed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My previous headmistress had said that winning the scholarship was as good as a hundred pounds in my pocket.’
    • ‘Walk a hundred yards in among the pines and you leave the city.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And those are the decisions you're making a hundred times an hour and hoping that your instincts are good.’
    1. 1.1hundreds The numbers from one hundred to 999.
      ‘an unknown number, probably in the hundreds, had already been lost’
      • ‘I guess the fish will never be like the old days when catches of bream and tailor numbered into the hundreds.’
      • ‘And so, as the years passed, my collection grew to number in the hundreds.’
      • ‘Eric estimates his audience to number in the low 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.’
      • ‘Today, budgets are in the millions and staffs number in the hundreds.’
      • ‘There are no official estimates of deaths in Beijing, but most observers believe that casualties numbered in the hundreds.’
      • ‘Inhabitants of the area numbered only in the hundreds.’
      • ‘Search results are constantly updated and number in the hundreds.’
      • ‘She currently employs 38 people directly but that number runs to hundreds when the autumn and spring shows loom.’
      • ‘Current playable songs number only in the hundreds.’
      • ‘Enrollment in some clubs, particularly culturally-based clubs, numbered 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.’
      • ‘But we do know, and the military planners in Washington know it too, that the number is in the hundreds, and is rising fast.’
      • ‘My list of famous and prestigious clients numbers into the many hundreds.’
      • ‘The coalition says the gunmen number in the hundreds.’
      • ‘The reasons as to why this action was so outrageous numbered in the hundreds.’
      • ‘Online programs for health care workers number in the hundreds.’
      • ‘Creationist scientists now number in the hundreds, possibly in the thousands, in the States and in other countries.’
      • ‘The guerrillas still numbered in the hundreds, not thousands as they claim, he added.’
      • ‘In the summer, visitors who arrive by ferry number in the hundreds.’
    2. 1.2hundreds Several hundred things or people.
      ‘her coat cost hundreds of pounds’
      • ‘Let us not forget that this was a multiple hijacking, of which there have been hundreds over the decades since commercial flight became popular.’
      • ‘Police say the recent spate of incidents has left homeowners with hundreds of pounds of repair bills.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Scores dead, hundreds wounded, dozens of television networks scrambling to find an angle.’
      • ‘Cost is an important factor for patients on multiple medications often costing hundreds of dollars per month.’
      • ‘This tradition is hundreds of years old and is the largest activity of the year.’
      • ‘This scenario is reproduced dozens, hundreds, thousands of times a night in New Orleans.’
      • ‘A waterside football club has been left with a bill running into hundreds of pounds after a spate of attacks by vandals.’
      • ‘As a keynote speaker or presenter at an event with a large attendance, you can sell hundreds of books.’
      • ‘A brass band played salsa tunes as hundreds of protesters of myriad nationalities danced, sang and chanted in colourful, unthreatening resistance.’
      • ‘If the figures are multiplied nationally hundreds of potentially serious errors are taking place annually.’
      • ‘Graduates with multiple loan balances can save hundreds of dollars a month by consolidating their student loans.’
      • ‘On Sunday July 20 hundreds turned out to pick their way over the myriad of food and trinket stalls.’
      • ‘After laying in the ground for hundreds of years, many metals superficially identified as silver may very well be white metal instead.’
      • ‘But the crisis galvanised not just a few good men and women, but dozens, scores, hundreds.’
      • ‘Every year, the 38-year-old raises hundreds of pounds for the Swindon branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.’
      • ‘A shot may consist of dozens, hundreds, or thousands of image layers.’
      • ‘Players will have a fairly large assortment of weapons, but not hundreds.’
      • ‘Although these are not numbered, there are hundreds of them.’
    3. 1.3usually hundredsinformal An unspecified large number.
      ‘hundreds of letters poured in’
      a large amount, a fair amount, a good deal, a great deal, a deal, a great quantity, quantities, an abundance, a wealth, a profusion, plenty, masses
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    4. 1.4the — hundreds The years of a specified century.
      ‘the early nineteen hundreds’
    5. 1.5 One 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. 1.6 One hundred miles per hour.
    7. 1.7Cricket A batsman's score of a hundred runs or more.
      ‘his ninth Test hundred’
      • ‘Personally, I would like nothing more than scoring a hundred at Lord's.’
      • ‘His Test average since that hundred is 56.37 and he has scored 1,635 runs.’
      • ‘He played 29 tests for India and scored 1202 runs including a hundred against West Indies.’
      • ‘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.’
    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’


  • a (or one) hundred per cent

    • 1Entirely; completely.

      ‘I'm not a hundred per cent sure’
      • ‘It has its advantages, but I don't think it's a hundred per cent a good thing.’
      • ‘Addressing a packed press conference he said: ‘I am one hundred per cent responsible for this loss.’’
      absolutely, completely, totally, fully, wholly
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      1. 1.1informal usually with negativeCompletely fit and healthy.
        ‘she did not feel one hundred per cent’
      2. 1.2informal Maximum effort and commitment.
        ‘he always gave one hundred per cent for United’
        • ‘However for the last 3-4 years it seems that giving a hundred per cent is an occasional bonus.’


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).