Origin of fiveMiddle English from Old English fif, with assimilated nasal, akin to German fünf (OHG, Gothic fimf) from Indo-European base an unverified form penkwe from source Sanskrit páñca, Classical Greek pente, Classical Latin quinque
- the cardinal number between four and six; 5; V
- any group of five people or things
- a basketball team
- something numbered five or having five units, as a playing card, domino, face of a die, etc.
- Informal a five-dollar bill
- The cardinal number equal to 4 + 1.
- The fifth in a set or sequence.
- Something, such as a quintet or a basketball team, that has five parts, units, or members.
- A five-dollar bill.
- fives used with a sing. verb 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.
Origin of fiveMiddle English from Old English fīf ; see penkwe in Indo-European roots.
- The digit/figure 5.
- He wrote a five followed by four zeroes.
- (US) A five-dollar bill.
- Can anyone here change a five?
- Anything measuring five units, as length.
- All the fives are over there in the corner, next to the fours.
- A person who is five years old.
- The fives and sixes will have snack first, then the older kids.
- five o'clock
- See you at five.
- A short rest, especially one of five minutes.
- Take five, soldier.
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)).