dec·​ile | \ ˈde-ˌsī(-ə)l How to pronounce decile (audio) , -səl\

Definition of decile

: 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

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For Asian-Americans in the top decile of academic skill, just 13.4% are admitted, compared with 18.5% of whites (see chart). The Economist, "A lawsuit reveals how peculiar Harvard’s definition of merit is," 21 June 2018 Ten full tax returns, each representative of a decile of income in the United States. James Fallows, The Atlantic, "What Item Would You Put in a Time Capsule to Help the Next Century Understand Our Current Moment?," 24 Apr. 2018 Even after the recent tumble in prices, the Shiller P/E, currently at 31, sits firmly in the most expensive decile historically. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Even After a Tumble, the Stock Market’s Price Isn’t Right," 4 Apr. 2018 In a separate study, Crestmont Research illustrates the importance of valuation by looking at stock market total returns between 1919 and 2017 and slicing them into deciles from worst to best over 20-year periods. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Even After a Tumble, the Stock Market’s Price Isn’t Right," 4 Apr. 2018 With just $2,000 or so, his fellow Indian in Bihar, a landlocked state of 120m people, is closer to a citizen of Mali or Chad, in the bottom decile globally. The Economist, "The gap between India’s richer and poorer states is widening," 30 Aug. 2017 This helps explain why more than $100,000 in income now separates the top-earning 10 percent of pilots from the lowest-earning decile, a wage differential matched by few occupations. Jeff Friedrich, Slate Magazine, "How We Ruined Airline Jobs," 7 Sep. 2017 Taken together, its 1.3bn people make up roughly the third and fourth decile of the world’s population, with an income per head (adjusted for purchasing power) of $6,600 dollars. The Economist, "The gap between India’s richer and poorer states is widening," 30 Aug. 2017 According to the Fama-French data, for example, from 1927 through March 31 of this year the top decile momentum portfolio beat the S&P 500 by 6.6 annualized percentage points (before transaction costs). Mark Hulbert, WSJ, "Why Investors Shouldn’t Give Up on Momentum Investing," 4 June 2017

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First Known Use of decile

1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for decile

Latin decem ten — more at ten

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The first known use of decile was in 1882

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