Definition of per cent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

per cent

 adjective,adverb
(especially British English)(usually North American English percent)adjective, adverb
BrE BrE//pə ˈsent//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pər ˈsent//
 
(symbol %)
 
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 by, in or for every hundred a 15 per cent rise in price House prices rose five per cent last year. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from per + cent, perhaps an abbreviation of pseudo-Latin per centum.