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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 slapSo I slapped him five and hugged him.— J. R. Burke — see also high 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 As the parade veered around La Villita, back toward the starting location, kids stretched across the protective netting to give Garcia high-fives. Vincent T. Davis,, "The Old West comes alive on downtown streets at San Antonio’s Western Heritage Parade and Cattle Drive," 1 Feb. 2020 To celebrate John Oliver's return to school in Newbury, Ohio, his classmates welcomed him back with applause, smiles, high-fives and cheers, as seen on video posted on Facebook. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "After a 6-year-old finished chemotherapy, his classmates welcomed him back with a standing ovation," 11 Jan. 2020 Navy has been ranked during the season four times in the last fives years. Dan Gelston, The Denver Post, "Malcolm Perry rushes for 304 yards, leads No. 21 Navy past Army," 14 Dec. 2019 Navy has been ranked during the season four times in the last fives years. Dan Gelston, Houston Chronicle, "Malcolm Perry rushes for 304 yards to lead No. 21 Navy past Army," 14 Dec. 2019 Lorenzo Reyes gives fives teams that would be ideal fits for Colin Kaepernick. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts aren't saying if they will attend the Colin Kaepernick workout," 13 Nov. 2019 Analysts at Credit Suisse Group reckon a Walgreens LBO could generate such an outcome with a bid at a 20% premium that uses debt worth fives times Ebitda. Chris Hughes | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "How the World’s Biggest Leveraged Buyout Could Be Done," 8 Nov. 2019 Matt Haney served as an adviser during the series’ six month shoot, making sure surfaces were safe for Sammi to perform in her wheelchair and any high-fives or other physical interactions with Sammi were gentle enough not to hurt her. René A. Guzman,, "San Antonio girl stars in new Netflix series, ‘Raising Dion’," 3 Oct. 2019 The students shook hands and offered high-fives to police and fire officials near the end of the ceremony., "Independence Primary celebrates Patriot Day with community partners," 12 Sep. 2019

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

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7 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Five.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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