percentage

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

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

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NounEdit

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 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 notesEdit

  • 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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EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

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

NounEdit

percentage n (plural percentages)

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