hundred 1) Anglo Saxon institution. Subdivision of a shire. Theoretically equals one hundred hides (100-120 acres in a hide) but hardly ever that precise dimension. Generally it has their own court which meets monthly to handle civil and criminal law. In Danish is called a wapentakes (weapons taking?). Cite 2) Subdivision of the shire based on groups of estates adding up to 100 hides: probably artifically imposed in Midlands 900-939, but in the south based on older units. 3) An administrative sub-division of the shire, embracing several vills, and having a court to which men of the hundred owed suit at regular intervals.