\ ˈfīv How to pronounce five (audio) \
plural fives

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

— see also high five, take five

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Coaches and players were encouraged to wear a face mask — the majority did not — and not give high-fives. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'It feels good to be doing stuff like this': People flock to baseball diamonds, golf courses, farmers markets," 23 May 2020 Pool play, three best-of-fives and a best-of-seven. John Shea,, "Giants Splash: SF would make playoffs in this proposed format," 1 Apr. 2020 As for sporting events, fans going to see live games at stadiums are asked to avoid cheering too loudly (because of the risk of spraying saliva) and touching other people, like hugging and giving high-fives. Mary Hui, Quartz, "South Korea’s plan for the “new normal” shows that social distancing is here to stay," 23 Apr. 2020 The Blazers informed fans last Wednesday that none of the players would not be signing autographs or giving out high-fives. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard doesn’t see NBA playing games without fans, even amid coronavirus concerns," 9 Mar. 2020 The elbow bump Instead of handshakes or high-fives, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams introduced the elbow bump at a news conference in Connecticut as a possible alternative to avoid the coronavirus. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Goodbye, handshake. Hello, elbow bump? Greetings to avoid during the coronavirus outbreak," 4 Mar. 2020 More hugs, chest to chest, more high-fives, skin on skin. Ken Armstrong, ProPublica, "Health Officials Recommended Canceling Events with 10-50 People. Then 33,000 Fans Attended a Major League Soccer Game.," 23 Apr. 2020 More hugs, chest to chest, more high-fives, skin on skin. Propublica And The Seattle Times, oregonlive, "Why did the Seattle Sounders play on after health officials wanted large events canceled?," 23 Apr. 2020 Over the last two full seasons, after sharing a ride with Carpenter for the previous two, Pigot produced just 10 top 10s in 34 races, including four top fives and one podium. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "With IndyCar vets aging, the series is betting on record-setting youth's potential in 2020," 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of five

14th 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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The first known use of five was in the 14th century

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“Five.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of five

: the number 5
: the fifth in a set or series
: five o'clock


\ ˈfīv How to pronounce five (audio) \

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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