\ˈfīv \

Definition of five 

1 : a number that is one more than four — see Table of Numbers

2 fives plural : a British handball game

3 : the fifth in a set or series the five of clubs

4 : something having five units or members especially : a basketball team

5 : a 5-dollar bill

7 : a gesture in which two people slap each other's extended hands (as in greeting or celebration) usually used in phrases with give or slap So I slapped him five and hugged him.— J. R. Burke

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Other Words from five

five adjective
five pronoun, plural in construction

Examples of five in a Sentence

I get off work at five. The store is open until five.

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Now 66 and the coordinator of football officials for the Big Ten, Mid-American and Missouri Valley conferences, Carollo will be on the receiving end of two significant high-fives in the coming weeks. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Not even an exuberant Brett Favre could crack referee Bill Carollo's integrity," 3 July 2018 Nadal is 85-2 for his French Open career, 110-2 in all best-of-fives on clay. Howard Fendrich,, "Thiem at least has hope against Nadal in Sunday’s French Open final," 9 June 2018 Williams said students’ birthdays will now be celebrated with hugs or high-fives. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Texas elementary school ends 'traditional' birthday spankings after parents complain," 10 May 2018 Rescuers cracked open beers, hugging and trading high-fives. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 Tedder began singing on the stage before making his way down to dance with fans and dole out high-fives. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "One Republic Brings Major Energy With 'Counting Stars' and 'Connection' On 'Today Show': Watch," 13 July 2018 The Cavs are also thrilled with themselves defensively, slapping fives over DeMar DeRozan's struggles in the series and because of their success in keeping anyone -- outside of Jonas Valanciunas -- from playing with consistency on offense. Joe Vardon,, "LeBron James is using the word 'championship' again about the Cavaliers," 7 May 2018 Video from the special event shows the window cleaners drawing smiley faces and giving high-fives to the patients as the little ones erupted in happiness. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Window washers dressed as superheroes surprise young patients at Iowa hospital," 29 June 2018 He's formed relationships with his students and gives them high-fives around the halls. Lauren Fox, kansascity, "Have you heard Independence's singing school custodian? 'I haven't been booed yet'," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of five

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for five

Middle English, from five, adjective, from Old English fīf; akin to Old High German finf five, Latin quinque, Greek pente

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Phrases Related to five

best (out) of three (five, seven, etc.)

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The first known use of five was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of five

: the number 5

: the fifth in a set or series

: five o'clock


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Kids Definition of five

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being one more than four



Kids Definition of five (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one more than four : 5

2 : the fifth in a set or series

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not any or not one

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