from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fraction or ratio with 100 understood as the denominator; for example, 0.98 equals a percentage of 98.
- n. The result obtained by multiplying a quantity by a percent.
- n. A proportion or share in relation to a whole; a part: The hecklers constituted only a small percentage of the audience.
- n. An amount, such as an allowance, duty, or commission, that varies in proportion to a larger sum, such as total sales: work for a percentage.
- n. Informal Advantage; gain: There is no percentage in work without pay.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The amount, number or rate of something, regarded as part of a total of 100; a part of a whole.
- n. A share of the profits.
- n. Benefit or advantage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A certain rate per cent; the allowance, duty, rate of interest, discount, or commission, on a hundred.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Rate or proportion per hundred: as, the percentage of loss; the percentage of oxygen in some compound, or of pure metal in an ore; specifically, in com., an allowance, duty, commission, or rate of interest on a hundred; loosely, proportion in general.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a proportion in relation to a whole (which is usually the amount per hundred)
- n. assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group
From Latin per centum, "for every hundred", + -age. (Wiktionary)