Definition of percentage
1a : a part of a whole expressed in hundredths a high percentage of students attendedb : the result obtained by multiplying a number by a percent the percentage equals the rate times the base
2a : a share of winnings or profitsb : advantage, profit no percentage in going around looking like an old sack of laundry — Wallace Stegner
3 : an indeterminate part : proportion
4a : probabilityb : favorable odds
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
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Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms
PERCENTAGE Defined for English Language Learners
percentage
playDefinition of percentage for English Language Learners

: a number or rate that is expressed as a certain number of parts of something divided into 100 parts

: a part of a whole

: a part or share of the profit earned when something is sold
PERCENTAGE Defined for Kids
percentage
playDefinition of percentage for Students
1 : a part of a whole expressed in hundredths
2 : a share of profits
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