sev·​en ˈse-vən How to pronounce seven (audio)
: a number that is one more than six see Table of Numbers
: the seventh in a set or series
the seven of clubs
: something having seven units or members
seven adjective
seven pronoun, plural in construction

Examples of seven in a Sentence

“What time is it?” “It's seven.” I leave each day at seven.
Recent Examples on the Web Season 3 found representatives in six sports: weightlifting, bobsled, rugby sevens, skeleton, rowing and cycling. Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2020 The start of the baseball, football and rugby sevens seasons have already been delayed, while a major sumo tournament that opened in Osaka last weekend was held without spectators for the first time in its history. Aimee Lewis, CNN, 13 Mar. 2020 Like the purple emoji hearts that BTS superfans posted in comments and tweets online, small superscript sevens have popped up in Twitter usernames, bios and the tweets themselves of loyal BTS supporters. Cady Lang, Time, 19 Feb. 2020 The women's 15s team is ranked fourth in the world, while both the men's and women's sevens sides are strong contenders for medals in Tokyo next year. Daniel Gallan, CNN, 25 Sep. 2019 With a little more than a minute left in the first half and the Mavericks trailing by 19, Luka Doncic pulled a Hulk Hogan and ripped the front of his jersey, splitting the ‘v’ in Mavs but not quite reaching his double-sevens. Brad Townsend, Dallas News, 10 Jan. 2020 Along with the defensive line, UAB’s linebacker corps forms one of the most feared front sevens in all of college football. Evan Dudley, al, 5 Dec. 2019 The Ravens performed well against one of the best front sevens in the NFL and got movement off the snap of the ball. Mike Preston,, 1 Dec. 2019 That, however, was the last time -- until the inclusion of sevens in 2016 -- that rugby was included on the Olympic roster. Daniel Gallan, CNN, 25 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from seven, adjective, from Old English seofon; akin to Old High German sibun seven, Latin septem, Greek hepta

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of seven was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Seven.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


sev·​en ˈsev-ən How to pronounce seven (audio)
: a number that is one more than six see number
: the seventh in a set or series
the seven of hearts
seven adjective or pronoun

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