percentage

[ per-sen-tij ]
/ pərˈsɛn tɪdʒ /

noun

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.

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Origin of percentage

First recorded in 1780–90; percent + -age

usage note for percentage

See percent.

OTHER WORDS FROM percentage

per·cent·aged, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH percentage

percent percentage percentile (see usage note at percent)
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British Dictionary definitions for percentage

percentage
/ (pəˈsɛntɪdʒ) /

noun

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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