- 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.
Origin of percentage
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Examples from the Web for percentage
By 2012, Democratic President Barack Obama owned the Asian-American vote, winning it by 47 percentage points.Asian-Americans Are The New Florida
January 8, 2015
Most importantly, they were all deleted long before that percentage could rise any higher.The Attack on the Hidden Internet
December 29, 2014
About half of Turkers live in the United States, a percentage that is increasing.Amazon’s Turkers Kick Off the First Crowdsourced Labor Guild
December 3, 2014
Throughout the state, the percentage of insured doubled in many counties.Inside the Democrats’ Godawful Midterm Election Wipeout
November 5, 2014
In a now famous clip, Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) was asked what percentage of Congress smokes.Can Congress Get Stoned Now That D.C. Has Legalized Marijuana?
November 5, 2014
He's dropped into a soft spot—he rates best in the percentage card.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Take any ratio of percentage you please and something should have got us.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
I would like to be paid a percentage on the money saved because of my report.'A Woman Intervenes
Percentage of vote cast in Denver: Males, 57½; females, 42½.
Percentage of vote cast: Males, (nearly) 58½; females, (over) 41½.
- 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
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