Meaning of PERCENT in English


I. pər-ˈsent adverb

Etymology: earlier per cent, from per + Latin centum hundred — more at hundred

Date: 1568

: in the hundred : of each hundred

II. noun

( plural percent or percents )

Date: 1667

1. plural percent

a. : one part in a hundred

b. : percentage

a large percent of their income

2. percents plural , British : securities bearing a specified rate of interest

III. adjective

Date: 1888

1. : reckoned on the basis of a whole divided into 100 parts

2. : paying interest at a specified percent

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.