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Old French. See dime.


disme (plural dismes)

  1. (US, dated, 18th century) A dime minted in 1792.
  2. (obsolete) A tenth; a tenth part; a tithe.
    • John Gower, Confessio Amantis.
      And thus the wars they beginne, Whereof the holy church is taxed, That in the point, as it is axed, The disme go'th to the battaile.
    • William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, Act 2, Scene 2.
      Since the first sword was drawn about this question, Ev'ry tithe soul 'mongst many thousand dismes, Hath been as dear as Helen.
    • John Ayliffe, Parergon Juris Canonici Anglicani.
      The pope began to exercise his new rapines by a compli ance with king Edward, in granting him two years’ disme from the clergy.


Old French[edit]


From Latin decimus.


disme m (oblique and nominative feminine singular disme)

  1. tenth (ordinal adjective)