pertaining to or consisting of five.
arranged in fives.
of, relating to, or noting a numerical system based on the number 5.

noun, plural qui·na·ries.

a number in a quinary system.

Origin of quinary

1595–1605; < Latin quīnārius, equivalent to quīn(ī) five each + -ārius -ary
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Related Words for quinary

quintuple, quinquennial, quintan, pentamerous, quinate

Examples from the Web for quinary

Historical Examples of quinary

  • Subordinate to either one of these the quinary may and often does appear.

    The Number Concept

    Levi Leonard Conant

  • In its structure the quinary is the simplest, the most primitive, of the natural systems.

    The Number Concept

    Levi Leonard Conant

  • Associated words: quinary, quintuple, quintuplicate, quincunx.

    Putnam's Word Book

    Louis A. Flemming

  • In the Mollusca circle two classes are still wanting to complete the quinary arrangement of that sub-kingdom.

  • The foregoing examples will show with considerable fulness the wide dispersion of the quinary scale.

    The Number Concept

    Levi Leonard Conant

British Dictionary definitions for quinary



consisting of fives or by fives
fifth in a series
(of a number system) having a base of five

noun plural -ries

a set of five

Word Origin for quinary

C17: from Latin quīnārius containing five, from quīnī five each
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Word Origin and History for quinary

c.1600, from Latin quinarius "consisting of five, containing five," from quint "five each" (see five).

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