[ fahyv-uhn-ten ]
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  1. Also called five-and-ten-cent store [fahyv-uhn-ten-sent], /ˈfaɪv ənˈtɛnˌsɛnt/, five-and-dime [fahyv-uhn-dahym], /ˈfaɪv ənˈdaɪm/, dime store, ten-cent store. a store offering a wide assortment of inexpensive items, formerly costing five or ten cents, for personal and household use.

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a five-and-ten.

Origin of five-and-ten

First recorded in 1875–80

Words Nearby five-and-ten Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use five-and-ten in a sentence

  • But first she visited the five-and-ten-cent store to buy an egg-beater.

    The Cinder Pond | Carroll Watson Rankin
  • He ran private trains and sold acre and villa lots, and five-and ten-acre farms, for ten per cent.

  • A five-and-ten furnished a pair of heavy-rimmed glasses that seemed to have blanks in them, and he decided he might get by.

    Pursuit | Lester del Rey
  • Naturally, I could think of nothing but Stigler and five-and-ten-cent competition, and finally I had an idea.

  • You know, I think there's room in this town for a good five-and-ten-cent store, specializing on kitchen goods.