Meaning of “dime” in the English Dictionary

"dime" in English

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dimenoun [ C ]

uk /daɪm/ us /daɪm/

Examples from literature

  • A dime is paid for two papers. 
  • A nickel or two and a few dimes slid out before the packet came. 
  • He was poor when he was a boy and glad to get hold of a dime, or a nickel. 
  • Just a dime or two for a whole week's work. 
  • Yes, replied the boy, "but grandpa now gives me a dime not to disturb him." 

(Definition of “dime” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dime" in American English

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dimenoun [ C ]

us /dɑɪm/

in the US and Canada, a coin worth ten cents


(Definition of “dime” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dime" in Business English

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dimenoun [ C ]

uk /daɪm/ us

MONEY an American or Canadian coin that is worth ten cents:

I gave the boy two dimes to buy himself some candy.

used in expressions to refer to a very small amount of money:

All these suggestions will help boost your employees' morale and won't cost a dime.
He has always paid his own way and never asked me for a single dime.
be a dime a dozen US UK be two/ten a penny informal

to be very common or of very little value:

Good ideas are a dime a dozen. It's putting them into practice that's the difficult part.

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(Definition of “dime” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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