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Fifth – Definition & Meaning summary

Used as an ADJ.

  1. Next in order after fourth; the ordinal of five.
  2. Consisting of one of five equal divisions of a thing.

Used as a NOUN.

  1. A fifth part; one of five equal parts; the quotient of a unit divided by five.

Joshua’s Seven-Step Method

Let’s learn the English vocabulary “fifth” by using our Seven-Step Method for effective learning.

Step 1: How to pronounce “fifth” in English

Can you pronounce this word correctly?

The answer is this.

  • American : /fɪfθ/
  • British : /fɪfθ/
Step 2: The Word Origin

The word, ‘fifth’, is derived from Old English “fifthe,” which consists “five + th”.

“five” means “one more than four, and one less than six”

Suffix “-th” is the word-forming element used to make ordinal numbers.

From the Word Origin, “next in order after fourth” is the essential meaning of ‘fifth’.

Note: Ordinal numbers (first, second, third, fourth, fifth, etc) are in distinction from the numbers (one, two, three, four, five, etc) which are called Cardinal numbers.

Step 3: Definition

The modern usages of “fifth” are:

Used as an ADJ.

First meaning, next in order after fourth; the ordinal of five.

For example – By the fifth day of the cruise, he was more than ready to go home.

Note: “more than ready” means “very much.”

Second meaning, consisting of one of five equal divisions of a thing.

For example – By the fifth part of his presentation, he lost most of the audience.

Note: Meaning – He lost the interest from most of the audience.

Used as a NOUN.

Main meaning, a fifth part; one of five equal parts; the quotient of a unit divided by five.

For example – He drank a fifth of whiskey. I think this could be dangerous.

Note: “a fifth of whiskey” is 750 ml; a fifth of a gallon.

Step 4 Derived words or Related words


Step 5: Word forming elements and application examples

Suffix “-th.”

  • fourth, seventh, tenth, eleventh, twelfth, seventeenth, nineteenth, etc.
Step 6: Collocations

A collocation is the natural connection of words.



He had trouble passing the fifth grade.


The Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution is designed to protect the innocent.

Note: “amendment” means “correction of an error in a writ or process; an alteration or change for the better.”

Step 7: Commonly used Word Pairings and phrases

fifth of

He was born on the fifth of July.

fifth and

The boxer was knocked down in the fifth and sixth rounds of the bout.

Note: “bout” means “a brief period of a fighting match.”

fifth in

He was the fifth in the ATM line.

the fifth

The starting pitcher was lifted in the fifth inning.

Note: In this sentence “lifted in” means “Pitcher was replaced.”

a fifth

After drinking a fifth of whiskey at the party, the college student had to be taken to the hospital.

to the fifth

The golfer was doing well until he came to the fifth hole.

at the fifth

Turn right at the fifth traffic light.

the fourth and fifth

Ohtani hit a home run in the fourth and fifth innings, as the Angels put on a hitting show.

the fourth or fifth

They didn’t like the singer and left after the fourth or fifth song.


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