the United States, Great Britain, France, Italy, and Japan during World War I and at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919.
(after World War II) the United States, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, China, and France.
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How to use Big Five in a sentence
Later the breech locks and sights are added, and the Big Five-inch, 40-caliber naval gun is ready to go into action.Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights | Kelly Miller
Then he took out four Big Five-franc pieces from the cash drawer, and the two friends pocketed the money.Original Short Stories, Volume 3 (of 13) | Guy de Maupassant
Joyce drew a star on the kitchen calendar, over the date on which they expected Lloyd to arrive; a Big Five-pointed red star.The Little Colonel in Arizona | Annie Fellows Johnston
Jim crawled into the front seat, Ephraim occupying the Big Five-passenger compartment in the rear.Dorothy's Triumph | Evelyn Raymond
There were nut-trees and almond-trees, and apricots, and fig-trees with their Big Five-fingered leaves.The Story of the Amulet | E. Nesbit
British Dictionary definitions for Big Five
the five countries considered to be the major world powers. In the period immediately following World War II, the US, Britain, the Soviet Union, China, and France were regarded as the Big Five
the lion, the elephant, the rhinoceros, the buffalo, and the leopard: considered to be the five principal African wild animals, esp as sought by those on safari
Also: Big Four, Big Three a small powerful group, as of banks, companies, etc
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