Per mille (from Latin per mīlle, "in each thousand") is an expression that means parts per thousand. Other recognised spellings include per mil, per mill, permil, permill, or permille.
|In Unicode||U+2030 ‰ PER MILLE SIGN (HTML |
|See also||U+0025 % PERCENT SIGN|
U+2031 ‱ PER TEN THOUSAND SIGN (Basis point)
The term occurs so rarely in English that major dictionaries do not agree on the spelling and some major dictionaries such as Macmillan do not even contain an entry. The term is more common in other European languages where it is used to express fractions smaller than 1%. One common usage is blood alcohol content, which is usually expressed as a percentage in English-speaking countries.
Per mille should not be confused with parts per million (ppm).
The code point for the glyph is included in the General Punctuation block of Unicode characters: U+2030 ‰ PER MILLE SIGN. It may be typed using Alt+0137, Compose%o, Ctrl+⇧ Shift+u 2030, or ⌥ Option+⇧ Shift+r according to operating system.
Examples of use include:
- Legal limits of blood-alcohol content for driving a road vehicle in some countries: for example: 0.5‰ or 0.8‰.
- Seawater salinity: for example: "the average salinity is 35‰".
- Tunnel and railway gradients (in some countries in Europe).
- Birth and death rates.
- Baseball batting averages (colloquially).
- Property taxation rates: the millage rate (U.S.) or mill rate (Canada).
- Expressing stable-isotope ratios—for example: "δ13C was measured at −3.5‰".
- Fineness of precious metals.
In English, the phrase "per mille" may also be used in cost per mille (CPM), the price of 1000 units, used for views of banner and display advertising, and for emails delivered by email service providers.
- Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2005.
per mil, adv
- "per mille". Business English. Cambridge Dictionary Online. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
per mille adverb (also per mil)
- "per mill". Oxford Dictionaries: The American Dictionary. Retrieved 1 Aug 2014.
- Unicode. "General Punctuation". 2014. Accessed 5 Aug 2014.
- "per mille". Longman Business Dictionary. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
- "Macmillan Dictionary". Retrieved 1 Aug 2014.
- Media related to Per mille at Wikimedia Commons