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

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percentage (countable and uncountable, 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 sales, profits, gross margin or similar.
    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 (%).
e.g. 50% denotes 50 per cent.
  • For sports statistics, percentages are mostly expressed in American and Canadian English as proportions of up to three decimal places and are read as if they were whole numbers.
e.g. (0).500 denotes five hundred, not 50% or 50 per cent.

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Etymology edit

From percent +‎ -age. Cf. English percentage, French percentage.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˌpɛr.sɛnˈtaː.ʒə/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: per‧cen‧ta‧ge
  • Rhymes: -aːʒə

Noun edit

percentage n (plural percentages)

  1. percentage (amount or rate as part of 100)

Descendants edit

  • Indonesian: persentase