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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was the first to graduate from the class as I already had about a hundred hours of flying time.’
    • ‘And those are the decisions you're making a hundred times an hour and hoping that your instincts are good.’
    • ‘My previous headmistress had said that winning the scholarship was as good as a hundred pounds in my pocket.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Walk a hundred yards in among the pines and you leave the city.’
    • ‘To get advice on problems posed by one manuscript, I spent more than a hundred hours talking to individuals dispersed across the country.’
    • ‘Along with his ban he was also fined £1,500 and ordered to serve a hundred hours community punishment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each of these companies launched over a hundred products in these two years.’
    • ‘Less than a hundred hours of work would have made it ready to fly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By the way, ninety to a hundred years ago, this was the first stop for a variety of immigrants.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He says he could have earned a hundred pounds in an evening if he had accepted such offers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That stuff goes for the equivalent of a hundred bucks a kilo, but you can't buy it.’
    • ‘On the day a hundred consumers accessed the server and downloaded the product, a hundred units had been distributed.’
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    1. 1.1hundreds The numbers from 100 to 999.
      ‘an unknown number, probably in the hundreds, had already been lost’
      • ‘Creationist scientists now number in the hundreds, possibly in the thousands, in the States and in other countries.’
      • ‘The coalition says the gunmen number in the hundreds.’
      • ‘The reasons as to why this action was so outrageous numbered in the hundreds.’
      • ‘There are no official estimates of deaths in Beijing, but most observers believe that casualties numbered in the hundreds.’
      • ‘She currently employs 38 people directly but that number runs to hundreds when the autumn and spring shows loom.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the summer, visitors who arrive by ferry number in the hundreds.’
      • ‘Online programs for health care workers number 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.’
      • ‘Today, budgets are in the millions and staffs number in the hundreds.’
      • ‘My list of famous and prestigious clients numbers into the many hundreds.’
      • ‘Search results are constantly updated and number in the hundreds.’
      • ‘Current playable songs number only in the hundreds.’
      • ‘Eric estimates his audience to number in the low 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I guess the fish will never be like the old days when catches of bream and tailor numbered into the hundreds.’
    2. 1.2hundreds Several hundred things or people.
      ‘it cost hundreds of dollars’
      • ‘Let us not forget that this was a multiple hijacking, of which there have been hundreds over the decades since commercial flight became popular.’
      • ‘A brass band played salsa tunes as hundreds of protesters of myriad nationalities danced, sang and chanted in colourful, unthreatening resistance.’
      • ‘This scenario is reproduced dozens, hundreds, thousands of times a night in New Orleans.’
      • ‘If the figures are multiplied nationally hundreds of potentially serious errors are taking place annually.’
      • ‘Every year, the 38-year-old raises hundreds of pounds for the Swindon branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.’
      • ‘Graduates with multiple loan balances can save hundreds of dollars a month by consolidating their student loans.’
      • ‘But the crisis galvanised not just a few good men and women, but dozens, scores, hundreds.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After laying in the ground for hundreds of years, many metals superficially identified as silver may very well be white metal instead.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On Sunday July 20 hundreds turned out to pick their way over the myriad of food and trinket stalls.’
      • ‘As a keynote speaker or presenter at an event with a large attendance, you can sell hundreds of books.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Scores dead, hundreds wounded, dozens of television networks scrambling to find an angle.’
      • ‘Although these are not numbered, there are hundreds of them.’
      • ‘Players will have a fairly large assortment of weapons, but not hundreds.’
      • ‘Police say the recent spate of incidents has left homeowners with hundreds of pounds of repair bills.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3usually hundredsinformal An unspecified large number.
      ‘hundreds of letters poured in’
    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. 1.6 100 miles per hour.
    7. 1.7 A 100 dollar bill.
      • ‘Personally, I would like nothing more than scoring a hundred at Lord's.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He played 29 tests for India and scored 1202 runs including a hundred against West Indies.’
      • ‘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.
      ‘thirteen hundred hours’


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


  • a (or one) hundred percent

    • 1Entirely; completely.

      ‘I'm one hundred percent sure’
      • ‘Addressing a packed press conference he said: ‘I am one hundred per cent responsible for this loss.’’
      • ‘It has its advantages, but I don't think it's a hundred per cent a good thing.’
      absolutely, completely, totally, fully, wholly
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      1. 1.1informal [usually with negative]Completely fit and healthy.
        ‘I wasn't exactly one hundred percent’
      2. 1.2informal Maximum effort and commitment.
        ‘he always gave one hundred percent for the team’
        • ‘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).