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: Adjective

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Do not mistake divers with diverse. Divers is a word in its own right, albeit a fairly formal and uncommon one. Both words come from Latin diversus, meaning "turning in opposite directions," and until around 1700 they were pretty much interchangeable-both meant "various" and could be pronounced as either DYE-verz (like the plural of the noun diver) or dye-VERSS. Both words still carry the "various" meaning, but these days divers (now DYE-verz) is more likely to emphasize multiplicity (as in "on divers occasions"), whereas diverse (now dye-VERSS) usually emphasizes uniqueness. Diverse typically means either "dissimilar" (as in "a variety of activities to appeal to the children's diverse interests") or "having distinct or unlike elements or qualities" ("a diverse student body").

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

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“Divers.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divers. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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