from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A fraction or ratio with 100 understood as the denominator; for example, 0.98 equals a percentage of 98.
  • noun The result obtained by multiplying a quantity by a percent.
  • noun A proportion or share in relation to a whole; a part.
  • noun An amount, such as an allowance, duty, or commission, that varies in proportion to a larger sum, such as total sales.
  • noun Informal Advantage; gain.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Com.) A certain rate per cent; the allowance, duty, rate of interest, discount, or commission, on a hundred.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The amount, number or rate of something, regarded as part of a total of 100; a part of a whole.
  • noun A share of the profits.
  • noun informal Benefit or advantage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a proportion in relation to a whole (which is usually the amount per hundred)
  • noun assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin per centum, "for every hundred", + -age.


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