per·​cen·​tile | \ pər-ˈsen-ˌtī(-ə)l How to pronounce percentile (audio) \

Definition of percentile

: 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 Only 19% of his shots are triples, the lowest frequency of his career and one that puts him in just the third percentile. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Collin Sexton makes commitment to take more 3-pointers," 20 Feb. 2021 Each station was above the 90th percentile for temperatures since both November 1st, and December 1st. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Saturday Snow Looks Plowable - On Track for Late January Thaw," 21 Jan. 2021 Winds within the 40th and 60th percentile are considered normal. Chris Perkins,, "Brace yourselves. A windy New Year’s Eve is on tap.," 30 Dec. 2020 On the World Bank ranking of countries’ effectiveness at controlling corruption, Sweden is near the top in the 98th percentile, while Brazil is in the 42nd. Kevin Vallier, WSJ, "Why Are Americans So Distrustful of Each Other?," 17 Dec. 2020 By year-end, Ryan will rank in the top 50 percentile of players in the U.S., all ages, according to Crawford. Marcy De Luna, Chron, "Meet Ryan Mecham, the 7-year-old Houston chess prodigy," 30 Dec. 2020 Okoro ranked in the 90th percentile in points allowed per one-on-one possession. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers find perfect mix of talent and need with Isaac Okoro: Chris Fedor," 19 Nov. 2020 The lead 90th percentile for the city water supply was 18 ppb, according to a release from the city Wednesday. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Elevated lead levels found in some St. Clair Shores water samples," 21 Jan. 2021 Broad jump was almost 10½, which is 89th percentile. Brad Biggs,, "Column: The Chicago Bears face a must-win Sunday. But is it also a must-lose for Jacksonville in the draft sweepstakes? ‘Jesus, we’re trying to win,’ the Jaguars coach says.," 25 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of percentile

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of percentile was in 1885

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27 Feb 2021

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“Percentile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of percentile

: one of 100 equal parts that a group of people can be divided into in order to rank them


per·​cen·​tile | \ pər-ˈsen-ˌtīl How to pronounce percentile (audio) \

Medical Definition of percentile

: 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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