: 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 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.