- next after the fourth; being the ordinal number for five.
- being one of five equal parts.
- Automotive. of, relating to, or operating at the gear transmission ratio at which the drive shaft speed is greater than that of fourth gear for a given engine crankshaft speed: fifth gear.
- in the fifth place; fifthly.
- a fifth part, especially of one (1/5).
- the fifth member of a series.
- a fifth part of a gallon of liquor or spirits; 4/5 (0.8) of a quart (about 750 milliliters).
- Automotive. fifth gear.
- a tone on the fifth degree from another tone (counted as the first).
- the interval between such tones.
- the harmonic combination of such tones.
- take the Fifth, Informal. to decline on the basis of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to answer a question when testifying.
Origin of fifth
Examples from the Web for fifth
But on Thursday Boxer triggered a Golden State political earthquake, announcing that she would not seek a fifth term in 2016.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races
January 9, 2015
As late as the fifth century, powerful aristocratic women took charge of the commemoration of the dead in Rome.First Anglican Woman Bishop A Return to Christian Roots
December 18, 2014
Each two-hour episode will build upon itself to tell a story that takes place between the third and fifth seasons of the show.‘Game of Thrones’ Interactive FanFiction: Whoops, My Friend Was Speared in the Throat
December 13, 2014
The Interview, their fifth feature together, is undoubtedly their most controversial.James Franco and Seth Rogen Get ‘Naked and Afraid’… And It’s Hilarious
December 8, 2014
Even though it was a school day—about fifth period, I calculated—the arcade was filled with seventh graders.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age
November 29, 2014
It is true there was a fifth farm situated right in between the others.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
On the fourth and fifth days, however, he had the reward for his caution.Way of the Lawless
As she had two protectors against a fifth proposal of marriage, she stood her ground.Viviette
William J. Locke
I cannot decide which way to turn to reach Fifth Avenue again.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
His steeds are not "faultless monsters" like the Dauphin's palfrey in Henry the Fifth.De Libris: Prose and Verse
- coming after the fourth in order, position, time, etc. Often written: 5th
- (as noun)he came on the fifth
- one of five equal or nearly equal parts of an object, quantity, measurement, etc
- (as modifier)a fifth part
- the fraction equal to one divided by five (1/5)
- an additional high gear fitted to some motor vehicles
- Also: fifthly after the fourth person, position, event, etc
- Also: fifthly as the fifth point: linking what follows with the previous statements, as in a speech or argument
Word Origin and History for fifth
c.1200, fift, from Old English fifta, from fif "five" (see five) + -ta (see -th (1)). Altered 14c. by influence of fourth. Cf. Old Frisian fifta, Old Saxon fifto, Old Norse fimmti, Dutch vijfde, Old High German fimfto, German fünfte, Gothic fimfta.
Noun meaning "fifth part of a gallon of liquor" is first recorded 1938, American English. Fifth Avenue (in New York City) has been used figuratively for "elegance, taste" since at least 1858. Fifth wheel "superfluous person or thing" first attested 1902. Fifth-monarchy-man, 17c. for "anrachist zealot," is a reference to Dan. ii:44.
- Coming after fourth, as in order, rank, or time.
- Being the outermost digit, as on a hand.
Idioms and Phrases with fifth
In addition to the idioms beginning with fifth
- fifth column
- fifth wheel
- take the fifth