[per-sent] /pərˈsɛnt/

Also called per centum. one one-hundredth part; 1/100.
(defs 1, 3).
British. stocks, bonds, etc., that bear an indicated rate of interest.
figured or expressed on the basis of a rate or proportion per hundred (used in combination with a number in expressing rates of interest, proportions, etc.): to get three percent interest. Symbol: %.

1560s, per cent, from Modern Latin per centum “by the hundred” (see per and hundred). Until early 20c. often treated as an abbreviation and punctuated accordingly.
percent also per cent
One part in a hundred. For example, 62 percent (also written 62%) means 62 parts out of 100.

A fraction expressed as a number of hundredths. Twelve percent of a quantity, for example, is twelve one-hundredths of it. Twelve percent may also be written 12%.


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