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

Examples of decile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The study breaks Connecticut’s earners into deciles, or groups that earned 10% of all statewide income. Keith M. Phaneuf, Hartford Courant, 17 Feb. 2024 This is the group that paid 7.3%, or less than one-fifth the rate of the poorest decile, and earned an average of $40.3 million. Keith M. Phaneuf, Hartford Courant, 17 Feb. 2024 The second and the third lowest Italian deciles have fallen globally by six and two percentiles, respectively. Branko Milanovic, Foreign Affairs, 14 June 2023 Between 1988 and 2018, average Italians in the country’s bottom decile have seen their global ranking slide by 20 percentiles. Branko Milanovic, Foreign Affairs, 14 June 2023 According to PitchBook, the top decile for that specific vintage was 12.59%, and according to Cambridge Associates, the upper quartile for 2005 was 10.71%. Allie Garfinkle, Fortune, 24 Apr. 2024 Most people in the top-income decile are considered middle class. E.j. Antoni, The Mercury News, 23 Mar. 2024 The report found that nearly 40% of workers in the third decile of earnings have high-AI exposure and low performance requirements. Matt Egan, CNN, 21 Mar. 2024 In the United Kingdom between 1994 and 2015, for example, earnings in the bottom tenth of families grew much more slowly than earnings in the top deciles. Anne Case, Foreign Affairs, 3 Feb. 2020

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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 15 Jul. 2024.

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