Definition of five in English:

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Pronunciation: /fʌɪv/

cardinal number

1Equivalent to the sum of two and three; one more than four, or half of ten; 5: five minutes later she came back five of Sweden’s top financial experts (Roman numeral: v, V)
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  • The sum of money is the equivalent of four or five month's wages for a fisherman in the area.
  • Now there were just four points between the teams with five minutes of the half remaining.
  • Bring to a full rolling boil, add the knob of butter and boil rapidly for four to five minutes, until setting point is reached.
1.1A group or unit of five people or things: the bulbs are planted in threes or fives
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  • It has taken me since forever to spot the next five of my consecutive number plates.
  • The other five slept on a bunk bed, the old couple down and the other three up.
  • Some were still in packages of fives and 10s.
quintet, quintuplets;
Poetry  pentameter, cinquain
technical pentad
archaic quintain
rare quintuple, fivesome
1.2Five years old: Vic moved to Darlington when he was five
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  • He became his father's disciple at the age of five and gained dexterity in playing the instrument.
  • He has been wooing audiences with his musical ability ever since his first performance at the age of five.
  • Dancers aged from five to adults will perform their own version of the Tchaikovsky classic and also a mix of tap and modern dance.
1.3Five o’clock: we left at half past five
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  • When the taxi dropped me home it was ten past five in the morning.
  • Never have they sounded as good as they sounded at five past five on Monday afternoon.
  • I would guess it was about five or six in the evening before we arrived at the outskirts.
1.4A size of garment or other merchandise denoted by five.
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  • Her size five Wellingtons, mac and hat were in the hall as if waiting for her to put them on.
1.5A playing card or domino with five pips.
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  • There are eight players and fives and spades are trumps.
  • When fours are trumps, threes and fives become consecutive.
  • The object of the play is to win tricks containing counting cards, that is kings, tens and fives.


five a day

Used in reference to nutritional guidelines recommending the consumption of at least five portions of fruit or vegetables each day: have you had your five a day today? overall, just one in five Americans meets the five-a-day minimum
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  • A young woman sporting a red sash declaring "We want you to have five a day" approaches.
  • The Department of Health's five a day message is based on the World Health Organisation recommendations for a healthy diet.
  • The nurses emphasised the five a day message.


Old English fīf, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vijf and German fünf, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin quinque and Greek pente.

Words that rhyme with five

alive, arrive, chive, Clive, connive, contrive, deprive, dive, drive, gyve, hive, I've, jive, live, MI5, revive, rive, shrive, skive, strive, survive, swive, thrive

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