Pronunciation Noun


  1. (uncountable) A silvery elemental metal with an atomic number of 28 and symbol Ni.
  2. (US, Canada, countable) A coin worth 5 cents.
  3. (US, slang, by extension) Five dollars.
  4. (US, slang, by extension) Five hundred dollars.
  5. (US, slang, sometimes upright the nickel or upright the hot nickel) Interstate 5, a highway that runs along the west coast of the United States.
  6. (slang) A playing card with the rank of five
  7. (US, slang) A five-year prison sentence.
  8. (American football) A defensive formation with five defensive backs, one of whom is a nickelback, instead of the more common four.
Related terms Translations Translations
  • French: pièce de cinq cents
  • Italian: moneta di cinque centesimi, nichelino
  • Portuguese: níquel
  • Russian: моне́та

nickel (nickels, present participle nickeling; past and past participle nickeled)

  1. (transitive) To plate with nickel.
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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