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noun (in Great Britain)
  1. the government's security and counterespionage service that works in liaison with Scotland Yard's Special Branch.
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Origin of MI5

M(ilitary) I(ntelligence, Section) 5
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abbreviation for
  1. Military Intelligence, section five; a former official and present-day popular name for the counterintelligence agency of the British Government
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Word Origin and History for mi5


1939, from abbreviation of Military Intelligence, followed by the department number.

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