[ per-sen-tij ]
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  1. a rate or proportion per hundred.

  2. an allowance, commission, or rate of interest calculated by percent.

  1. a proportion in general: Only a small percentage of the class will graduate with honors.

  2. gain; benefit; profit; advantage.

Origin of percentage

First recorded in 1780–90; percent + -age

confusables note For percentage

See percent.

Other words from percentage

  • per·cent·aged, adjective

Words that may be confused with percentage

Words Nearby percentage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use percentage in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for percentage


/ (pəˈsɛntɪdʒ) /

  1. proportion or rate per hundred parts

  2. commerce the interest, tax, commission, or allowance on a hundred items

  1. any proportion in relation to the whole

  2. informal profit or advantage

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