\ ˌfīv-ən-ˈdīm How to pronounce five-and-dime (audio) \
variants: or less commonly five-and-ten \ ˌfīv-​ən-​ˈten How to pronounce five-and-dime (audio) \
plural five-and-dimes also five-and-tens

Definition of five-and-dime

: 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

First Known Use of five-and-dime

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for five-and-dime

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

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

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“Five-and-dime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of five-and-dime

: a store that sells inexpensive things


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