- to invoke the Fifth Amendment in refusing to testify against oneself
Other Word Forms
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of fifth
- Middle English from Old English fīfta penkwe in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English fifthe, fifte, fift, from Old English fīfta (“fifth”), from Proto-Germanic *femftô (“fifth”), equivalent to five + -th. Cognate with Scots fift, fyft (“fifth”), North Frisian fyfde (“fifth”), West Frisian fyfde (“fifth”), Dutch vijfde (“fifth”), Low German fifte, föfte, füfte (“fifth”), German fünfte (“fifth”), Danish femte (“fifth”), Swedish femte (“fifth”), Icelandic fimmta (“fifth”).
- From the name of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, protecting various rights in United States legal proceedings.