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noun per·cent·age \pər-ˈsen-tij\

: a number or rate that is expressed as a certain number of parts of something divided into 100 parts

: a part of a whole

: a part or share of the profit earned when something is sold

Full Definition of PERCENTAGE

a :  a part of a whole expressed in hundredths <a high percentage of students attended>
b :  the result obtained by multiplying a number by a percent <the percentage equals the rate times the base>
a :  a share of winnings or profits
b :  advantage, profit <no percentage in going around looking like an old sack of laundry — Wallace Stegner>
:  an indeterminate part :  proportion
a :  probability
b :  favorable odds

Examples of PERCENTAGE

  1. If a goalie saves 96 out of 100 shots, his save percentage is 96 percent.
  2. The percentages of women completing high school and college were 95 percent and 52 percent, respectively.
  3. What percentage of your income do you spend on rent?

First Known Use of PERCENTAGE

circa 1789

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

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


noun per·cent·age \pər-ˈsen-tij\

Definition of PERCENTAGE for Kids

:  a part of a whole expressed in hundredths
:  a share of profits
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