Meaning of PERCENTAGE in English


pə(r)ˈsentij, -tēj noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: percent (I) + -age


a. : a part of a whole expressed in hundredths : rate in percent

the higher the income, the larger is the percentage saved — George Soule

b. : the result obtained by multiplying a number by a percent


a. : a share of winnings or profits : commission , cut

some of my troupe of clients … brought me thick slices of percentage — Christopher Morley

b. : advantage , profit

no percentage in going around looking like an old sack of laundry — Wallace Stegner

there must be some percentage in this for the kid — J.A.MacEwen

3. : an indeterminate part or number : proportion

a high percentage of textbook publishers are themselves former school teachers — Textbooks in Education


a. : a likelihood based on cumulative statistics : probability

more use is made of the percentage today, such as playing the hitter where he hits the ball most of the time — Ted Williams

b. : the mathematical odds in favor of success

chooses his career, his connections, his mistresses … solely on the percentages — Isaac Rosenfeld

specifically : the degree by which a gambler's expectancy of winning exceeds that of his opponent

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.