Definitions for percentpərˈsɛnt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


or per cent

  1. one one-hundredth part; 1/100.

    Category: Math

  2. Category: Math

    Ref: percentage (defs. 1, 3). 1 3

  3. Brit. stocks, bonds, etc., that bear an indicated rate of interest.

    Category: British

  4. (adj.)figured or expressed on the basis of a rate or proportion per hundred (used in combination with a number in expressing rates of interest, proportions, etc.). Symbol: %

* Usage: percent is derived from per cent., an abbreviation in English of per centum, a phrase borrowed directly from Latin. The use of the two-word form is diminishing. The percent sign (%) is used chiefly in scientific, tabular, or statistical material and only with numerals preceding it: 58%. In the sense “proportion in general,” with no preceding number, percent and percentage are frequently interchangeable, but percentage is much more common: a certain percentage (or percent) of the land.

Origin of percent:

1560–70; short for ML per centum by the hundred


Princeton's WordNet

  1. percentage, percent, per centum, pct(noun)

    a proportion in relation to a whole (which is usually the amount per hundred)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. percent(noun)ərˈsɛnt

    one part of each hundred, shown using the symbol ( % )

    Ten percent of the population is unemployed.

  2. percent(adjective)ərˈsɛnt

    for each or out of every 100, shown by the symbol ( % )

    a 1 percent reduction in interest rates


  1. percent(Noun)

    A part or other object per hundred

    A resolution must receive fifty-one percent of the votes to pass.

  2. percent(Noun)


  3. Origin: per centum.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'percent' in Written Corpus Frequency: #394

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'percent' in Nouns Frequency: #1413


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