\ˈdīm \

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

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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In an age when collaborations are a dime a dozen, this one might be one of the most unexpected and exciting: Vivienne Westwood is collaborating with Burberry. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Riccardo Tisci Brings Vivienne Westwood to Burberry for a Collaboration," 6 July 2018 In one classroom, where children were learning about the U.S. money system, the kids followed the directions of their teacher to draw a circle, the shape of an American dime. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "5 things we learned from Melania Trump's visit to Arizona," 28 June 2018 Financial dilemmas are a dime a dozen in most people's lives. refinery29.com, "This Not That: Credit Card Debt vs. 401(k)," 14 June 2018 Mice are able to fit through openings the size of a dime. Beth Kaufman, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Mice — And Keep Them Away for Good," 23 May 2018 An average of a dime from all of those departing passengers would add up to $345,000 in a year. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County to ask airport passengers for spare change to help homeless," 14 May 2018 Allegations are that Pruitt exploited his position to get personal perks, such as flying first class and multiple overseas trips on the taxpayer's dime, according to interviews with CNN and details made public by members of Congress. Sara Ganim, Gregory Wallace And Mallory Thompson, CNN, "Pruitt's problematic security had a playbook," 4 May 2018 At this time last week, Ivanka was up in New Hampshire, making sure the regular, hard-working folks on Main Street were enjoying the hot bag of dimes her father’s tax cut delivers to their windowsills every payday. Mark Lisanti, Vanities, "The Trump Family Power Rankings: The Dragon Energy of International Bromance for the Week Ending April 27," 27 Apr. 2018 There already exist hundreds of tokens other than Bitcoin, pointing to a world where digital currencies are, well, a dime a dozen. Lionel Laurent, Bloomberg.com, "What Bitcoin Is Really Worth May No Longer Be Such a Mystery," 19 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of dime

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


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Kids Definition of dime

: a United States coin worth ten cents

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