hundred[hun′drəd; often, -dərd]
- the cardinal number next above ninety-nine; ten times ten; 100; C
- a former division of an English county: orig., probably, 100 hides of land
- a similar division in the early U.S., now only in Delaware
Origin of hundredMiddle English ; from Old English akin to Old Saxon hunderod, Old Norse hundrath ; from Proto-Germanic base an unverified form hund-, 100 (; from Indo-European base an unverified form kṃto- from source Classical Greek hekaton, Classical Latin centum: see cent, satem) + an unverified form rath-, to count (from source Gothic -rathjan) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form rē-: see reason
nounpl. hundred or hun·dreds
- The cardinal number equal to 10 × 10 or 102.
- The number in the third position left of the decimal point in an Arabic numeral.
- A one-hundred-dollar bill.
- hundreds The numbers between 100 and 999: an attendance figure estimated in the hundreds.
- An administrative division of some counties in England and the United States.
Origin of hundredMiddle English, from Old English; see dek&mlowring; in Indo-European roots.
Unlike cardinal numerals up to ninety-nine, the word hundred is a noun like dozen and needs a determiner to function as a numeral.
- a hundred men / one hundred men / the hundred men
- compare a dozen men / one dozen men / the dozen men
- compare ten men / the ten men
Hundred can be used also in plurals. It doesn't take -s when preceded by a determiner.
- two hundred men / some hundred men
- hundreds of men