Definition of dime noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//daɪm//
; NAmE NAmE//daɪm//
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  • a coin of the US and Canada worth ten cents
  • Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French disme, from Latin decima pars ‘tenth part’. The word originally denoted a tithe or tenth part; the modern sense ‘ten cent coin’ dates from the late 18th cent.Idioms
    a dime a dozen (North American English) (British English two/ten a penny)
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    very common and therefore not valuable
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dime