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1percent

adverb per·cent \pər-ˈsent\

Definition of PERCENT

:  in the hundred :  of each hundred
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Origin of PERCENT

earlier per cent, from per + Latin centum hundred — more at hundred
First Known Use: 1568

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb

2percent

noun

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

: a part of a whole

plural percent or percents

Full Definition of PERCENT

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

  1. The value has increased half a percent.

First Known Use of PERCENT

1667

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb

3percent

adjective

Definition of PERCENT

1
:  reckoned on the basis of a whole divided into 100 parts
2
:  paying interest at a specified percent

First Known Use of PERCENT

1888

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb
PERCENT Defined for Kids

1percent

adjective or adverb per·cent \pər-ˈsent\

Definition of PERCENT for Kids

:  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.>

2percent

noun
plural percent

Definition of PERCENT for Kids

:  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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