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five

[ fahyv ]
/ faɪv /
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noun

a cardinal number, four plus one.
a symbol for this number, as 5 or V.
a set of this many persons or things.
a playing card, die face, or half of a domino face with five pips.
Informal. a five-dollar bill: Can you give me two fives for a ten?

adjective

amounting to five in number.

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Idioms for five

    take five, Informal. to take a brief respite.

Origin of five

before 1000; 1925–30 for def. 7; Middle English; Old English fīf; cognate with Dutch vijf,German fünf,Old Norse fimm,Gothic fimf,Latin quīnque,Greek pénte,Sanskrit pancha
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British Dictionary definitions for five

five
/ (faɪv) /

noun

the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one
a numeral, 5, V, etc, representing this number
the amount or quantity that is one greater than four
something representing, represented by, or consisting of five units, such as a playing card with five symbols on it

determiner

  1. amounting to fivefive minutes; five nights
  2. (as pronoun)choose any five you like Related prefixes: penta-, quinque-
See also fives

Word Origin for five

Old English fīf; related to Old Norse fimm, Gothic fimf, Old High German finf, Latin quinque, Greek pente, Sanskrit pañca
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Idioms and Phrases with five

five

see take five.

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