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Line breaks: hun|dred
Pronunciation: /ˈhʌndrəd

Definition of hundred in English:

cardinal number (plural hundreds or (with numeral or quantifying word) hundred)

(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 (Roman numeral: c or C)
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  • 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.
  • By the way, ninety to a hundred years ago, this was the first stop for a variety of immigrants.
  • On the day a hundred consumers accessed the server and downloaded the product, a hundred units had been distributed.
informal ton
1.1 (hundreds) The numbers from one hundred to 999: an unknown number, probably in the hundreds, had already been lost
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  • Eric estimates his audience to number in the low hundreds.
  • Current playable songs number only in the hundreds.
  • The coalition says the gunmen number in the hundreds.
1.2 (hundreds) Several hundred things or people: her coat cost hundreds of pounds
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  • 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.
  • Cost is an important factor for patients on multiple medications often costing hundreds of dollars per month.
1.3 (usually hundreds) informal An unspecified large number: hundreds of letters poured in
1.4 (the —— hundreds) The years of a specified century: the early nineteen hundreds
1.5One hundred years old: you must be over a hundred!
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  • So, for a wolverine, living to ninety or a hundred or more would not be a big deal.
1.6One hundred miles per hour.
1.7 Cricket A batsman’s score of a hundred runs or more: his ninth Test hundred
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  • 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.
  • 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.
1.8(Chiefly in spoken English) used to express whole hours in the twenty-four-hour system: twelve hundred hours


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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 hide3).


a (or one) hundred per cent

Entirely; completely: I’m not a hundred per cent sure
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  • 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.
[usually with negative] informal 1.1 Completely fit and healthy: she did not feel one hundred per cent
informal 1.1 Maximum effort and commitment: he always gave one hundred per cent for United
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  • However for the last 3-4 years it seems that giving a hundred per cent is an occasional bonus.



adjective& adverb
Example sentences
  • As compared to 18 months ago when I first arrived, the traffic has increased a hundredfold.
  • ‘Since I started off in management, the pressure on managers has magnified a hundredfold,’ he laments.
  • The first thing I noticed upon entering the room, of course, was that the smell of decaying flowers had increased almost a hundredfold even from last night.


ordinal number
Example sentences
  • The surgeons used high-powered optical devices to stitch together four blood vessels - two arteries and two veins - that each were just a few hundredths of a millimetre wide.
  • Like 100-meter sprinters, the top finishers in Olympic and world slalom races are separated by only hundredths of a second.
  • It may not seem like much, but everyone should know by now that the difference between winners and losers is often measured by hundredths of a second.

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