- a tone on the fifth degree from another tone (counted as the first).
- the interval between such tones.
- the harmonic combination of such tones.
- fifteen men on the dead man's chest — / yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!,
- fifteenth amendment,
- fifth amendment,
- fifth avenue,
- fifth column,
- fifth columnist,
- fifth commandment
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|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Candida Moss|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Alec Kubas-Meyer|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Interview, their fifth feature together, is undoubtedly their most controversial.James Franco and Seth Rogen Get ‘Naked and Afraid’… And It’s Hilarious|Marlow Stern|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even though it was a school day—about fifth period, I calculated—the arcade was filled with seventh graders.
There are five classes of teachers in the elementary schools, the lowest being the fifth.History of Education|Levi Seeley
Tintorett; and Filippo Bellin is the only master named in the fifth portfolio.
It had also resisted the strenuous efforts of Charles the Fifth; and was now stronger than it ever had been.History of the United Netherlands, 1586-89, Vol. II. Complete|John Lothrop Motley
Yes, sir; we laid floor on the fifth and then we were on the sixth when this happened.Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
It is said that this Copland gave the great bell, which made the fifth in the ring, to be rung nightly at nine of the clock.The Survey of London|John Stow
adjective (usually prenominal)
- 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
Word Origin 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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with fifth
- fifth column
- fifth wheel
- take the fifth