\ ˈdīm How to pronounce dime (audio) \

Definition of dime

1a : 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
2 : instantly

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Examples of dime in a Sentence

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

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Luke Ingersoll, meanwhile, finished with three dimes. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Marriotts Ridge boys lacrosse outlasts Kent Island, moves on to first-ever state final," 20 May 2018 Even big airlines today are perceived as ready to nickel-and-dime customers for just about anything, from baggage to seat assignments to wifi. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "A European airline shuttered abruptly, stranding travelers. Here’s why budget companies are struggling.," 5 Oct. 2018 Who could turn down a kindly war widow collecting nickels or dimes? Shaun Assael, Glamour, "The Secret Fight to Save Confederate Monuments," 16 Aug. 2018 Charging nickels and dimes for late fines and then recording and depositing the payments was not a good use of library staff members’ time, Kambitsch said. Cornelius Frolik, ajc, "Since Ohio library ended late fees, more materials getting returned," 6 July 2018 Jenkins, drafted in the first round by New Orleans in 2009 as a corner, plays something of a hybrid role in nickel or dime defenses. Les Bowen, Philly.com, "Eagles' Rasul Douglas feels he has improved, but so has team's cornerback competition," 8 June 2018 Without Berry around, running against the Chiefs' nickel and dime packages became agonizingly easy. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Decoding the overhauled Chiefs, and Brett Veach's first offseason | The Kansas City Star," 5 May 2018 On a recent weekend, sisters Kingsley and Elizabeth Woolworth — the youngest members of this branch of the five-and-dime family — returned to the farm with friends for another round of cocktails, hot dogs, and a ride or two on an ATV. Georgina Schaeffer, Town & Country, "Be Our Guest," 9 Sep. 2013 Try cutting a dime-sized piece of fruit to see how their stomachs handle the apples, and then move up to larger pieces. Jackie Frere, Woman's Day, "Can Dogs Eat Apples? A Veterinarian Weighs In," 2 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of dime

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of dime was in 1786

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English Language Learners Definition of dime

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


\ ˈdīm How to pronounce dime (audio) \

Kids Definition of dime

: a United States coin worth ten cents

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