\ ˈfīv How to pronounce five (audio) \

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 — 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.

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DiBenedetto, 28, has recorded six top-10 finishes over the last 11 Cup races, including three top-fives and a career-best second place Aug. 17 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Dave Kallmann, USA TODAY, "NASCAR surprise: Matt DiBenedetto will drive for Wood Brothers in 2020 as Paul Menard steps away," 10 Sep. 2019 Parting Shot Tucker stood in the tunnel leading to the Buffs locker room and happily recorded a triple double in hugs, high-fives and selfies with every supporter who wanted to reach out and touch him. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Broncos’ 2019 regular season begins tonight. Here’s what you need to know.," 9 Sep. 2019 Two of the fathers — Royce Bailey and Nathan McVey, both of Aberdeen — who exchanged high-fives with the children, are also regular participants in Smile Makers. David Anderson,, "Bakerfield Elementary in Aberdeen celebrates start of a new school year with Million Father March," 3 Sep. 2019 That’s going to be our strength, our ability to put our fours and fives and sixes way up high. Megan Woodward,, "Fall Sports Previews: Three things to watch for boys cross country in 2019," 3 Sep. 2019 Take out some cash and break it into small bills — including singles, fives, and tens. Jason H. Harper, Los Angeles Times, "Shelter Me Column: How to cope with power loss during wildfire season," 23 Aug. 2019 When Mika Haliga of Cudahy went to PrideFest Milwaukee this year, both kids and adults went up to her for hugs, high-fives and pictures. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They feel most accepted in animal suits: Here's what it's like to be a furry in the Milwaukee area," 20 June 2019 In baseball, though, three fives and a pair of threes more aptly describes the Angels’ starting rotation, one of the worst in baseball. Los Angeles Times, "Letters: Dodgers fans are giving up on Kenley Jansen," 23 Aug. 2019 Browse through the photos above for a ranking of the colleges that would have the best NBA starting fives, using only current NBA players. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Which college would have the best current NBA starting five?," 13 June 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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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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