Definition of five-and-ten noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

five-and-ten

 noun
noun
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; NAmE
 
(also five-and-ten-cent store
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; NAmE
 
, five-and-dime
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; NAmE
 
, dime store
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; NAmE
 
)
(North American English, old use)
 
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a type of large shop/store in the US selling cheap goods. The first of them were opened in 1879 by F W Woolworth and for many years they sold everything at a price of either five cents or ten cents. The last 400 five-and-tens in the US closed in 1997.