fifth


fifth
fifth c.1200, fift, from O.E. fifta, from fif "five" (see FIVE (Cf. five)) + -ta (see -TH (Cf. -th)). Altered 14c. by influence of fourth. Cf. O.Fris. fifta, O.S. fifto, O.N. fimmti, Du. vijfde, O.H.G. fimfto, Ger. fünfte, Goth. fimfta. Meaning "fifth part of a gallon of liquor" is first recorded 1938, Amer.Eng. Fifth Avenue (in New York City) has been used figuratively for "elegance, taste" since at least 1858. Fifth wheel "superfluous person or thing" first attested 1902. Fifth-monarchy-man, 17c. for “anrachist zealot,” is a reference to Dan. ii.44.

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