variants or less commonly five-and-ten
plural five-and-dimes also five-and-tens
: a retail store that carries a variety of chiefly inexpensive merchandise
When I was a little girl you could still buy things at the five-and-dime.Nikki Giovanni
But most five-and-dimes faded away, done in by competition from big box stores, or failure to adapt to changing tastes quickly enough.Carl Nolte
After the grocery store came the five-and-ten, a rambling, comfortable hodgepodge of unrelated items and scents.Lee Ebler

Word History


from the fact that all articles in such stores were formerly priced at either 5 or 10 cents

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of five-and-dime was in 1880

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Cite this Entry

“Five-and-dime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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