Main definitions of one per cent in English

: one per cent1one per cent2

one per cent1

adjective

Canadian, North American
  • Designating partly skimmed milk containing one per cent milk fat; also as noun.

Main definitions of one per cent in English

: one per cent1one per cent2

one per cent2

noun

the one per cent
  • The very richest segment of a population, consisting of those who belong to the top percentile of income or wealth.

    ‘while he came from lower-middle class roots, he's definitely in the one per cent now’
    Contrasted with ninety-nine per cent
    ‘the time is long overdue for us to create an economy that works for middle class and working families, not just the one per cent’

adjective

North American
  • Denoting a type of partly skimmed milk containing one per cent milk fat.

    ‘a small latte with one shot of espresso and one per cent milk’

Origin

1970s.