dime

noun \ ˈdīm \

Definition of dime

1 a :a coin of the U.S. worth ¹/₁₀ dollar
b :a petty sum of money
2 :a Canadian 10-cent piece
3 slang :a packet containing 10 dollars worth of an illicit drug (such as marijuana) called also dime bag
4 informal :money provided to pay expenses
  • Executives in a perk-rich environment get used to living on the company's dime [=on the company's money; at the company's expense]
  • —James Surowiecki
  • They hopped a Greyhound, on their own dime, and had such a good time they stayed on …
  • —Mark Ribowsky
  • The boys are worthless, feckless layabouts, living off David's dime.
  • —Whitney Pastorek
a dime a dozen
:so plentiful or commonplace as to be of little esteem or slight value
on a dime
1 :in a very small area
  • these cars can turn on a dime

Examples of dime in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology 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


DIME Defined for English Language Learners

dime

noun

Definition of dime for English Language Learners

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


DIME Defined for Kids

dime

noun \ ˈdīm \

Definition of dime for Students

:a United States coin worth ten cents

History for dime

In earlier English, our name for a coin worth a tenth of a dollar meant simply “a tenth part” of something. This word was borrowed from medieval French dime or disme, with the same meaning. Dime, in turn, descends from Latin decima, a form of decimus, meaning “tenth.”



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