quintile

[ kwin-til, -tahyl ]
/ ˈkwɪn tɪl, -taɪl /
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noun

Statistics. a quantile for the special case of five equal proportions.
Astrology. a quintile aspect.

adjective

Astrology. of or relating to the aspect of two heavenly bodies that are one fifth of the zodiac, or 72°, apart.

Nearby words

  1. quintessence,
  2. quintessential,
  3. quintessentially,
  4. quintet,
  5. quintic,
  6. quintilian,
  7. quintillion,
  8. quintuple,
  9. quintuplet,
  10. quintuplex

Origin of quintile

1600–10; < Latin quīnt(us) fifth + -ile (as in quartile)

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British Dictionary definitions for quintile

quintile

/ (ˈkwɪntaɪl) /

noun astrology

an aspect of 72° between two heavenly bodies
a fifth part of a distribution

Word Origin for quintile

C17: from Latin quintus fifth

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Word Origin and History for quintile

quintile

n.

1610s, originally in astrology, from Latin quintus "the fifth" (see quinque-) + -ile, from quartile. Use in statistics dates to 1951.

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