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percentage

[per-sen-tij] /pərˈsɛn tɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a rate or proportion per hundred.
2.
an allowance, commission, or rate of interest calculated by percent.
3.
a proportion in general:
Only a small percentage of the class will graduate with honors.
4.
gain; benefit; profit; advantage.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; percent + -age
Related forms
percentaged, adjective
Can be confused
percent, percentage, percentile (see usage note at percent)
Usage note
See percent.
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British Dictionary definitions for percent-aged

percentage

/pəˈsɛntɪdʒ/
noun
1.
proportion or rate per hundred parts
2.
(commerce) the interest, tax, commission, or allowance on a hundred items
3.
any proportion in relation to the whole
4.
(informal) profit or advantage
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Word Origin and History for percent-aged

percentage

n.

1789, from percent + -age. Sense of "profit, advantage" is from 1862.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for percent-aged

percentage

noun

Profit or advantage: I don't see any percentage in doing it that way (1862+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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