: a coin of the U.S. worth ¹/₁₀ dollar
: a petty sum of money
: a Canadian 10-cent piece
slang : a packet containing 10 dollars worth of an illicit drug (such as marijuana)

called also dime bag

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
basketball : a pass by a player who enables a teammate to make a basket
Harden ended up recording his first triple-double of the season with 44 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. He delivered seven dimes to Capela …Tim MacMahon
often used with drop
Not only was he scoring in the post and grabbing rebounds, he also was dropping dimes [=making passes to enable teammates to score] including a flashy pass to Chance Coyle.Hendrix Magley
American football : an accurate pass by a quarterback to a receiver
often used with drop
He spun out of sacks and threw on the run, dropping dimes down the field that few quarterbacks in history could be trusted to deliver.Ryan Kartje
a dime a dozen
: so plentiful or commonplace as to be of little esteem or slight value
on a dime
: in a very small area
these cars can turn on a dime

Examples of dime in a Sentence

the beauty of this deal is that all the extras won't cost you a dime
Recent Examples on the Web Westchester County during the Revolutionary War prefigured the Wild West before that concept had entered a dime novelist’s mind. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, 15 July 2024 Hinckley’s final bullet ricocheted off the side of the limousine, flattening into the shape of a dime and striking Reagan five inches below his left armpit. Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez, Fortune, 14 July 2024 Celebrity documentaries are a dime a dozen these days. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 13 July 2024 And Maye has the versatility to play both safety spots and serve as the dime defender. Omar Kelly, Miami Herald, 12 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for dime 

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Word History


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, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of dime was in 1786

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Cite this Entry

“Dime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dime. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a U.S. coin worth ⅒ dollar

Middle English dime "a tenth part," from early French dime (same meaning), derived from Latin decimus "a tenth part," from decem "ten" — related to december, decimal, dozen

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