di·​vers | \ ˈdī-vərz How to pronounce divers (audio) \

Definition of divers

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Definition of divers (Entry 2 of 2)

: an indefinite number more than one with divers of the leaves torn and stitched across— Charles Dickens

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Synonyms for divers

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of divers in a Sentence

Adjective the state fair offers divers amusements for the whole family

First Known Use of divers


14th century, in the meaning defined above

Pronoun, plural in construction

1528, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for divers


Middle English divers, diverse diverse

Note: The form divers continues a Middle English variant of diverse with the stress shifted to the initial syllable and the vowel lengthened. In modern English diverse, with stress on the second syllable, has taken over most of the word's meanings, but divers remains as a quantifier, with the final -s voiced as if it were a plural marker.

Pronoun, plural in construction

from pronominal use of divers entry 1

Note: See note at divers entry 1.

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“Divers.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divers. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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