dec·​ile ˈde-ˌsī(-ə)l How to pronounce decile (audio)
: any one of nine numbers that divide a frequency distribution into 10 classes such that each contains the same number of individuals
also : any one of these 10 classes
decile adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web When Bitcoin has been in the ninth decile of its spread versus its 50-day average, it’s historically risen 16% in the next month, is up 100% six months later, and has gained 274% after a year, according to data compiled by Bespoke. Emily Nicolle,, 27 Mar. 2022 According to one statistical analysis, an out-of-state Asian-American in the fourth highest academic decile has only a 6.5% chance of admissions compared to 57.7% for a black. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 27 Oct. 2022 For comparing similarly sized departments in the table, searches are matched to nearby departments in the same nationwide decile in terms of number of officers. Claire Healy, Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2022 The worst-performing decile of stocks in the Russell 1000—which tracks the largest 1,000 public companies—from the first half of the year are up more than 32% in recent weeks. Pia Singh, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2022 This investment methodology has enabled the venture fund to provide top decile returns to investors and grow their fund to $1.5B in capital. Sergei Revzin And Vadim Revzin, Forbes, 17 Aug. 2022 The institute predicted that while average inflation in the UK was at 9% in April, prices went up only 7.9% for the country’s wealthiest decile, and had gone up as much as 10.9% for the population’s poorest 10%. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 19 May 2022 Based on the median enterprise value/revenue/growth of 0.4x, the company will be valued at 22x forward revenue, or $6.6 billion—a top-decile outcome by most measures. Dharmesh Thakker, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Eversource’s electric system reliability, measured by months between interruptions, was in the top decile in the industry in 2021, with customer power interruptions an average of 19.2 months apart, the utility said. Stephen Singer,, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History


Latin decem ten — more at ten

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of decile was in 1882

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“Decile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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