Origin of percent
earlier per cent, from per + Latin centum hundred — more at hundred
First Known Use: 1568
Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms
Rhymes with percent
absent, accent, Advent, anent, ascent, assent, augment, besprent, cement, comment, consent, content, convent, descent, detent, dissent, docent, event, extent, ferment, foment, fragment, frequent, hellbent, indent, intent, invent, lament, loment, lowrent, mordent, outspent, pigment, portent, present, prevent, pup tent, quitrent, rackrent, relent, repent, resent, segment, Shymkent, Tashkent, torment, wellmeant, wisent
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
Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms
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
Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms
Learn More about percent

Spanish Central: Translation of "percent" Nglish: Translation of "percent" for Spanish speakers Britannica English: Translation of "percent" for Arabic speakers
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up percent? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).