Earlier in the 20th century sută was commonly held to be an early loan from Proto-Slavic *sъto, and some Romanian etymological dictionaries still derive it thus. Linguists in recent decades however, due to considerations of phonetic evolution, are moving toward a pre-Roman substratum source for the Romanian word, rather than an Old Slavic source. The Romanian Academy in its official etymological dictionary does not derive the word from Old Slavonic. In either case, the word ultimately derives from Proto-Indo-European *ḱm̥tóm (“hundred”), by way of a satem language. Also found in Aromanian cognate, sutã.
- (cardinal) (one) hundred
- a hundred