from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The cardinal number equal to 4 + 1.
  • n. The fifth in a set or sequence.
  • n. Something, such as a quintet or a basketball team, that has five parts, units, or members.
  • n. A five-dollar bill.
  • n. Sports One of several forms of handball originating in England and played mainly at British schools and universities, in which only the receiving side can score points.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A numerical value equal to 5; the number following four and preceding six. This many dots (•••••)
  • n. The digit/figure 5.
  • n. A five-dollar bill.
  • n. Anything measuring five units, as length.
  • n. A person who is five years old.
  • n. five o'clock
  • n. A short rest, especially one of five minutes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Four and one added; one more than four.
  • n. The number next greater than four, and less than six; five units or objects.
  • n. A symbol representing this number, as 5, or V.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • One more than four, or two more than three: a cardinal number: as, five men; five loaves.
  • n. A number, the sum of four and one; the number of the fingers and thumb of one hand.
  • n. A symbol representing this number, as 5, V, or v.
  • n. A playing-card bearing five pips or spots on it.
  • n. plural Bonds bearing interest at five per cent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a team that plays basketball
  • n. a playing card or a domino or a die whose upward face shows five pips
  • n. the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one
  • adj. being one more than four


Middle English, from Old English fīf; see penkwe in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English five, vif, fif, from Old English fīf ("five"), from Proto-Germanic *fimf (“five”) (compare West Frisian fiif, Dutch vijf, German fünf, Swedish fem, Icelandic fimm), from Proto-Indo-European *pénkʷe (compare Welsh pump, Italian cinque, Tocharian A/B päñ/piś, Lithuanian penki, Russian пять (pjat’), Albanian pesë, pêsë, Ancient Greek πέντε (pénte), Armenian հինգ (hing), Persian پنج (panj), Sanskrit पञ्च (páñca)). (Wiktionary)



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