per·​cen·​tile pər-ˈsen-ˌtī(-ə)l How to pronounce percentile (audio)
: a value on a scale of 100 that indicates the percent of a distribution that is equal to or below it
a score in the 95th percentile

Examples of percentile in a Sentence

His height and weight are in the 80th percentile for boys his age.
Recent Examples on the Web Arias then hit a flyball 268 feet to right field, which usually would be deep enough to score a player like Schneemann, who has a 70th percentile sprint speed of 28 feet per second, from third. Matt Weyrich, Baltimore Sun, 24 June 2024 Additionally, his barrel rate of 16.5% is a tick above Corey Seager (16.3%), who ranks in the 95th percentile. Justice Delos Santos, The Mercury News, 13 June 2024 The state’s 75th percentile pay – the mid-point of the upper half – ranked No. 3 in the U.S. at $93,250 a year. Jonathan Lansner, Orange County Register, 13 June 2024 But in Michigan, Asian Americans/Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders experienced the highest health system performance, scoring in the 84th percentile among population groups nationally. Eleanore Catolico, Detroit Free Press, 19 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for percentile 

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of percentile was in 1885

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Cite this Entry

“Percentile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


per·​cen·​tile pər-ˈsen-ˌtīl How to pronounce percentile (audio)
: a value on a scale of one hundred that indicates the percent of a distribution that is equal to or below it
a percentile score of 95 is a score equal to or better than 95 percent of the scores

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