fifth

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English[edit]

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English ordinal numbers
 <  4th 5th 6th  > 
    Ordinal : fifth
    Cardinal : five

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Etymology[edit]

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).

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Adjective[edit]

fifth (not comparable)

  1. The ordinal form of the number five.

Synonyms[edit]

  • 5th; (in names of monarchs and popes) V

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Noun[edit]

fifth (plural fifths)

  1. The person or thing in the fifth position.
  2. One of five equal parts of a whole.
  3. The fifth gear of an engine.
  4. A quantity of liquor equal to one-fifth of a gallon, or, more commonly, 750 milliliters.
  5. The musical interval between one note and another five tones higher.
  6. The fifth voice in a polyphonic melody.

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  • (one of five equal parts):

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