from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The cardinal number equal to 4 + 1.
  • noun The fifth in a set or sequence.
  • noun Something, such as a quintet or a basketball team, that has five parts, units, or members.
  • noun A five-dollar bill.
  • noun 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.
  • idiom (give me/gimme) Used when offering a high-five, as in congratulation.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The number next greater than four, and less than six; five units or objects.
  • noun A symbol representing this number, as 5, or V.
  • adjective Four and one added; one more than four.
  • adjective (Ethnol.) a confederacy of the Huron-Iroquois Indians, consisting of five tribes: Mohawks, Onondagas, Cayugas, Oneidas, and Senecas. They inhabited the region which is now the State of new York.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[Middle English, from Old English fīf; see penkwe in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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)).


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word five.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.