a cardinal number, four plus one.
a symbol for this number, as 5 or V.
a set of this many persons or things.
a playing card, die face, or half of a domino face with five pips.
Informal. a five-dollar bill: Can you give me two fives for a ten?
amounting to five in number.
take five, Informal. to take a brief respite.

before 1000; 1925–30 for def 7; Middle English; Old English fīf; cognate with Dutch vijf, German fünf, Old Norse fimm, Gothic fimf, Latin quīnque, Greek pénte, Sanskrit pancha Unabridged
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five (faɪv)
1.  the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one
2.  a numeral, 5, V, etc, representing this number
3.  the amount or quantity that is one greater than four
4.  something representing, represented by, or consisting of five units, such as a playing card with five symbols on it
5.  a.  amounting to five: five minutes; five nights
 b.  (as pronoun): choose any five you like Related: penta-, quinque-
Related: penta-, quinque-
[Old English fīf; related to Old Norse fimm, Gothic fimf, Old High German finf, Latin quinque, Greek pente, Sanskrit pañca]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. fif, from P.Gmc. *fimfe (cf. O.S. fif, O.N. fimm, O.H.G. funf, Goth. fimf), from PIE *pengke (cf. Skt. panca, Gk. pente, L. quinque, O.C.S. peti, Lith. penke, O.Welsh pimp). Slang five-finger discount "theft" is from 1966.
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Idioms & Phrases


see take five.

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Example sentences
Cook two tablespoons butter with one sliced onion five minutes.
Biscuits require more heat than loaf bread, should continue rising the first
  five minutes, and begin to brown in eight minutes.
Cook five minutes two tablespoons butter with one-half tablespoon finely
  chopped onion.
Turn in a buttered pudding-dish, and bake thirty-five minutes in a slow oven.
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