\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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Harry also gave high-fives to a group of young attendees. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Had the Sweetest Moments with Kids at the WellChild Awards," 4 Sep. 2018 During that year, performance issues have plagued the game on the base Xbox One, and PUBG is currently sitting at three out of fives stars for reviews in the Microsoft Store. Tom Warren, The Verge, "PUBG now free on Xbox with PS4 version rumored for next month," 7 Nov. 2018 Well, there were a lot of high-fives, quite honestly. Eric Johnson, Recode, "If she weren’t hosting ‘Full Frontal,’ Samantha Bee could see herself starting a foundation for refugees," 1 Oct. 2018 On that day, more than 250 black men dressed to the nines greeted arriving students with high-fives. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Trying to make good on someone else’s promise: new group helps 10 Seattle kids pay for college," 16 Sep. 2018 In eight starts for Joe Gibbs Racing, dating back to last year's event at NHMS, Preece has two victories, six top-fives and seven top-10s. Shawn Courchesne,, "Preece Holds Off Rocco for SK Modified Win At Thompson Speedwa," 15 July 2018 Hugs and hellos at a Mesa elementary Friday morning's greeting brought high-fives, hellos and hugs between teachers, administrators and children at Eisenhower Center for Innovation, an elementary school in Mesa. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "As #RedForEd walkout ends, teachers line up to welcome students back at Mesa school," 4 May 2018 Every child was promised an individual moment with Pete, including greetings such as an exchange of high-fives, fist bumps and hugs. Gianna Annunzio,, "Pete the Cat a big hit with kids at Eisenhower library," 25 June 2018 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

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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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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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