per·​cent·​age | \ pər-ˈsen-tij How to pronounce percentage (audio) \

Definition of percentage

1a : 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
2a : a share of winnings or profits
b : advantage, profit no percentage in going around looking like an old sack of laundry— Wallace Stegner
3 : an indeterminate part : proportion
b : favorable odds

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Examples of percentage in a Sentence

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

1757, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of percentage was in 1757

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“Percentage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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per·​cent·​age | \ pər-ˈsen-tij How to pronounce percentage (audio) \

Kids Definition of percentage

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

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