Origin of percent
earlier per cent, from per + Latin centum hundred — more at hundred
First Known Use: 1568
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Rhymes with percent
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percent
Simple Definition of percent

: one part in a hundred : an amount that is equal to one onehundredth of something

: a part of a whole
Full Definition of percent
plural percent or percents
1 plural percent a : one part in a hundred b : percentage <a large percent of their income>
2 percents plural British : securities bearing a specified rate of interest
Examples of percent
The value has increased half a percent.
1667
First Known Use of percent
1667
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percent
Definition of percent
1 : reckoned on the basis of a whole divided into 100 parts
2 : paying interest at a specified percent
1888
First Known Use of percent
1888
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Definition of percent
: out of every hundred : measured by the number of units as compared with one hundred <a 15 percent raise> <My rent was raised 15 percent.>
Definition of percent
plural percent
: a part or fraction of a whole expressed in hundredths <Ten percent of the class failed the test.>
Word Root of percent
The Latin word centum, meaning “hundred,” gives us the root cent. Words from the Latin centum have something to do with the number 100. A dollar is made up of 100 cents. A century is a period of 100 years. A percent is the portion of something out of 100 parts.
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