fifth

noun \ ˈfith , ˈfif(t)th , ˈfift \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of fifth

plural fifths play \ˈfiths, ˈfif(t)ths, ˈfif(t)s\
1 : one that is number five in a series — see Table of Numbers
2 a : the musical interval embracing five diatonic degrees
b : a tone at this interval; specifically : dominant 1
c : the harmonic combination of two tones at this interval
3 : a unit of measure for liquor equal to one fifth of a U.S. gallon (0.757 liter)
4 capitalized : the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution; also : the right accorded by the Fifth Amendment to refuse to testify against oneself usually used in the phrase take the Fifth

fifth

adjective or adverb

fifthly

adverb

Examples of fifth in a Sentence

  1. The bill is due on the fifth of each month.

  2. She donated a fifth of her income to charity.

  3. bought a fifth of whiskey

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Origin and Etymology of fifth

Middle English fifte, fifthe, from Old English fīfta, from fīf five



FIFTH Defined for English Language Learners

fifth

noun

Definition of fifth for English Language Learners

  • : number five in a series

  • : one of five equal parts of something

  • : a unit of measure for alcoholic liquor that is equal to one fifth of a U.S. gallon (approximately 750 ml); also : a bottle that holds this amount of liquor


FIFTH Defined for Kids

1

fifth

adjective \ ˈfifth \

Definition of fifth for Students

: coming right after fourth

2

fifth

noun

Definition of fifth for Students

1 : number five in a series
  • The school year began on the fifth of September.
2 : one of five equal parts
  • I got a fifth of the money.


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