[ fahyv ]
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  1. a cardinal number, four plus one.

  2. a symbol for this number, as 5 or V.

  1. a set of this many persons or things.

  2. a playing card, die face, or half of a domino face with five pips.

  3. Informal. a five-dollar bill: Can you give me two fives for a ten?

  1. amounting to five in number.

Idioms about five

  1. 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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How to use five in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for five


/ (faɪv) /

  1. the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one

  2. a numeral, 5, V, etc, representing this number

  1. the amount or quantity that is one greater than four

  2. something representing, represented by, or consisting of five units, such as a playing card with five symbols on it

    • amounting to five: five minutes; five nights

    • (as pronoun): choose any five you like Related prefixes: penta-, quinque-

Origin of 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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Other Idioms and Phrases with five


see take five.

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