Definition of five in English:


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Pronunciation: /fʌɪv


  • 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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  • They have all spurned the government's five a day logo for fruit and vegetables.
  • But I think five a day is a good target.
  • But behind these claims and the catchy marketing campaign to eat 'five a day' there is little solid science.


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.

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