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

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. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for percentage


  1. proportion or rate per hundred parts
  2. commerce the interest, tax, commission, or allowance on a hundred items
  3. any proportion in relation to the whole
  4. 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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