five-and-ten

[ fahyv-uh n-ten ]
/ ˈfaɪv ənˈtɛn /

noun

Also called five-and-ten-cent store [fahyv-uh n-ten-sent] /ˈfaɪv ənˈtɛnˌsɛnt/, five-and-dime [fahyv-uh n-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.

adjective

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

Origin of five-and-ten

First recorded in 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for five-and-ten

  • One finds cheap substitutes, but one also finds new commodities made for the five-and-ten trade.

    Proclaim Liberty!|Gilbert Seldes
  • Most of the latter she had purchased from the five-and-ten, but they all carried a point.

  • 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