five

noun

plural fives
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
6
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
five adjective
five pronoun, plural in construction

see also high five, take five

Examples of five in a Sentence

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

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Five.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/five. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

five

noun
1
: a number that is one more than four see number
2
: the fifth in a set or series
3
: something having five units or members
especially : a basketball team
4
: a 5-dollar bill
5
: a slapping of extended hands by two people (as in greeting or celebration)
I slapped him five after he scored
five adjective or pronoun

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