a rate or proportion per hundred.
an allowance, commission, or rate of interest calculated by percent.
a proportion in general: Only a small percentage of the class will graduate with honors.
gain; benefit; profit; advantage.

Nearby words

  1. perceivable,
  2. perceive,
  3. perceived noise decibel,
  4. percent,
  5. percent sign,
  6. percenter,
  7. percentile,
  8. percept,
  9. perceptible,
  10. perception

Origin of percentage

First recorded in 1780–90; percent + -age

Related formsper·cent·aged, adjective

Can be confusedpercent percentage percentile (see usage note at percent)

Usage note

See percent. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for percentage

British Dictionary definitions for percentage



proportion or rate per hundred parts
commerce the interest, tax, commission, or allowance on a hundred items
any proportion in relation to the whole
informal profit or advantage
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Word Origin and History for percentage



1789, from percent + -age. Sense of "profit, advantage" is from 1862.

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