Simple Definition of several
: more than two but not very many
: different and separate
Full Definition of several
1a : separate or distinct from one another <federal union of the several states>b (1) : individually owned or controlled : exclusive <a several fishery> — compare common (2) : of or relating separately to each individual involved <a several judgment>c : being separate and distinctive : respective <specialists in their several fields>
2a : more than one <several pleas>b : more than two but fewer than many <moved several inches>c chiefly dialect : being a great many
Examples of several in a sentence
It took several days for the package to arrive.
He arrived several hours ago.
We added several more names to the list.
The meat can be cooked several ways.
There are several similar stores at the mall.
a federal union of the several states
Origin of several
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin separalis, from Latin separ separate, back-formation from separare to separate
First Known Use: 15th century
Definition of several
: an indefinite number more than two and fewer than many <several of the guests>
First Known Use of several
SEVERAL Defined for Kids
Definition of several for Students
: a small number : more than two but not many <The new rules made several of us angry.>
Legal Definition of several
1a : of or relating separately to each individual involved; specifically : enforceable separately against each party <each promisor owed a several duty> — see also several liability at liability 2b, several obligation at obligation b : being separately or individually responsible, liable, or obligated <a several obligor> — compare joint
2 : separate or distinct from one another <to regulate commerce with foreign nations and among the several States — U.S. Constitution art. I>
Origin of several
Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin separalis, from Latin separ separate
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