percentage

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin per centum, "for every hundred", + -age.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

percentage (plural percentages)

  1. The amount, number or rate of something, regarded as part of a total of 100; a part of a whole.
    A high percentage of secondary school leavers take a gap year.
  2. A share of the profits.
    She gets a percentage for every vacuum cleaner sold.
  3. (informal) Benefit or advantage.
    There was no percentage in staying at home.

Usage notes[edit]

  • A percentage is often denoted by the character (%).
Ex. 50% denotes 50 per cent.

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