- 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?
- amounting to five in number.
- take five, Informal. to take a brief respite.
Origin of five
Related Wordsquintuple, cinquefoil, pentangle, pentagram, lustrum, cinque, quinquennium, pentacle, quintuplet, pentagon, limerick, pentad, pentamerous, quinary, quinate, quinquennial, quincunx, quintuplicate
Examples from the Web for five
“It was Stephen Hawking and five other Nobel laureates,” Krauss recalled.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking
January 8, 2015
The Big Five banks dubbed too big to fail, are 35 percent bigger than they were when the meltdown was triggered.Sen. Warren’s Main Street Crusade to Pressure Clinton
January 8, 2015
The judges who handle arraignments at criminal court in all five boroughs have a small fraction of their usual caseloads.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
After four or five months of casual interaction, they realized they both had lost a young parent to cancer.Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone
January 6, 2015
“The play contains one five minute scene about James Hewitt,” Conway says.Harry’s Daddy, and Diana’s ‘Murder’: Royal Rumors In a New Play
January 4, 2015
He's stolen five or six hundred dollars in gold from old Paul Nichols.
Besides, the five thousand dollars were gone and not likely to be recovered.
Not until five o'clock had he by turns urged and fought himself to the ferry.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Five men were floating about in a boat in the Southern ocean.
I will send back and get the flour, as it is only five miles off.Explorations in Australia
- 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
- amounting to fivefive minutes; five nights
- (as pronoun)choose any five you like Related prefixes: penta-, quinque-
Word Origin and History for five
Old English fif, from Proto-Germanic *fimfe (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon fif, Dutch vijf, Old Norse fimm, Old High German funf, Gothic fimf), from PIE *penkwe- (cf. Sanskrit panca, Greek pente, Latin quinque, Old Church Slavonic peti, Lithuanian penke, Old Welsh pimp). The sound shift that removed the *-m- is a regular development involving Old English, Old Frisian, and Old Saxon (cf. thought, from stem of think; couth from *kunthaz; us from *uns.
Slang five-finger discount "theft" is from 1966. Five o'clock shadow attested by 1937. The original five-year plan was 1928 in the U.S.S.R.
Idioms and Phrases with five
see take five.