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Feb 21, 2014
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quinary

PRONUNCIATION:
(KWY-nuh-ree)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Relating to five.
2. Fifth in a series.
3. Having five things or arranged in five.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin quinarius (containing five), from quini (five each), from quinque (five). Earliest documented use: 1598. If you have ever wondered what comes after primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary, here's your answer.

USAGE:
"Her eyelids were painted in a quinary array -- pearl, gunmetal, pink, midnight blue, and plum."
Avery Aster; Undressed; Ellora's Cave; 2013.

See more usage examples of quinary in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I and the public know / What all schoolchildren learn, / Those to whom evil is done / Do evil in return. -W.H. Auden, poet (1907-1973)

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