Definitions

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

  • noun A retail store selling a wide variety of inexpensive articles.

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  • noun US A five-and-dime

Etymologies

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

[Short for five-and-ten-cent store.]

Examples

  • All around, there's the too-bright sun and the bright colors that make up downtown: the greens of the grocery store signs and the reds-and-whites of the five-and-ten.

    The Town Secrets

  • One time, a five-and-ten shop failed to charge us the right price for a Halloween costume; when I pointed it out, she marched back in and gave them the rest of their money.

    Cake Boss

  • People walked along listening to transistor radios because there were stations with auxiliary power and there were men wrapped in headscarves who sold flashlights and candles and there were candles in thousands of apartment windows and people on line for candles outside the five-and-ten and long lines at phone booths on every second corner.

    Underworld

  • People walked along listening to transistor radios because there were stations with auxiliary power and there were men wrapped in headscarves who sold flashlights and candles and there were candles in thousands of apartment windows and people on line for candles outside the five-and-ten and long lines at phone booths on every second corner.

    Underworld

  • People walked along listening to transistor radios because there were stations with auxiliary power and there were men wrapped in headscarves who sold flashlights and candles and there were candles in thousands of apartment windows and people on line for candles outside the five-and-ten and long lines at phone booths on every second corner.

    Underworld

  • And so on, through five-and-ten cent store, soda and newspaper carrier jobs, until at last he was a bell-hop at the Green - Davidson, the finest hotel in Kansas City, as he informed them.

    An American Tragedy

  • And I went to work at the Woolworth's five-and-ten there in

    Oral History Interview with Edna Y. Hargett, July 19, 1979. Interview H-0163. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • It is obvious that with the sleazy modern materials available in any five-and-ten a rider can produce a pretty handsome costume.

    Centennial

  • Sam's garage is going to be no five-and-ten affair.

    The Stars and Stripes The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I, 1918-1919

  • There was an unmade bed in a corner, a litter of newspapers and old clothes, a gas ring, a framed landscape from the five-and-ten, representing some sort of sick brown meadows with sheep; there were no drawings or figures, no hints of the occupant's profession.

    The Fountainhead

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