1. The cardinal number equal to 4 + 1.
2. The fifth in a set or sequence.
3. Something, such as a quintet or a basketball team, that has five parts, units, or members.
4. A five-dollar bill.
5. 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.
give me/gimme five
Used when offering a high-five, as in congratulation.
[Middle English, from Old English fīf; see penkwe in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
five adj. & pron.
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