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dime

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noun \ˈdīm\

Simple Definition of dime

  • : a U.S. or Canadian coin that is worth 10 cents

Full Definition of dime

  1. 1 a :  a coin of the United States worth 110 dollar b :  a petty sum of money

  2. 2 :  a Canadian 10-cent piece

  3. 3 slang :  a packet containing 10 dollars worth of an illicit drug (as marijuana) —called also dime bag

a dime a dozen
  1. :  so plentiful or commonplace as to be of little esteem or slight value

on a dime
  1. 1 :  in a very small area <these cars can turn on a dime>

  2. 2 :  instantly

Examples of dime

  1. <the beauty of this deal is that all the extras won't cost you a dime>



Origin of dime

Middle English, tenth part, tithe, from Anglo-French disme, dime, from Latin decima, from feminine of decimus tenth, from decem ten — more at ten


First Known Use: 1786




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