From Latin per centum (“for every hundred”), + -age.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pəˈsɛntɪd͡ʒ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /pɚˈsɛntɪd͡ʒ/
- (Philippine, nonstandard) IPA(key): /ˈpɚsɛnt(e)ɪd͡ʒ/
- Hyphenation: per‧cent‧age
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percentage (plural percentages)
- 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.
- A share of the sales, profits, gross margin or similar.
- She gets a percentage for every vacuum cleaner sold.
- (informal) Benefit or advantage.
- There was no percentage in staying at home.
- 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.
part of a whole
- procentage (archaic)
From percent + -age. Cf. English percentage, French percentage.
percentage n (plural percentages)
- percentage (amount or rate as part of 100)
- → Indonesian: persentase