sev·​en | \ˈse-vən, ˈse-bᵊm\

Definition of seven 

1 : a number that is one more than six — see Table of Numbers

2 : the seventh in a set or series the seven of clubs

3 : something having seven units or members

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Other Words from seven

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.

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During seven-on-sevens, Rodgers had a difficult time slipping Gerry in man coverage. Jeff Mclane,, "Eagles practice observations: Jalen Mills locks down; Nelson Agholor explodes; Dallas Goedert catches on," 13 June 2018 But in December 2014, Anthony Eddy was appointed as director of Irish rugby sevens and an elite program was established for both male and female teams. George Ramsay, CNN, "Ireland learning to love rugby sevens after 'amazing' run," 15 June 2018 There was a light argument between Ertz and linebacker Jordan Hicks during warmups about which side has the advantage in seven-on-sevens. Jeff Mclane,, "Eagles practice observations: Carson Wentz's arm strength; Philly Special redux; quarterback golf," 14 June 2018 The past two weeks, however, could prove to be a huge step forward for the game of sevens in Ireland. George Ramsay, CNN, "Ireland learning to love rugby sevens after 'amazing' run," 15 June 2018 Say, for instance, a string of sevens or zeros, or a repeating pattern of numerals. Mustafa Salim, Washington Post, "In Iraq, the best digits cost a mint," 13 Feb. 2018 The 2014 youth event in Nanjing, China, included rugby sevens, which debuted at the Olympics in 2016, and skateboarding, which will be added in 2020. Victor Mather, New York Times, "The Olympics Would Be Better With a Breakdancing Competition. Discuss.," 23 Apr. 2018 The Commonwealths will also be significant for Jamaica and Zambia in their rugby development as the two countries are making their debuts in rugby sevens, while in netball Uganda has qualified for the first time. CNN, "Commonwealth Games 2018: A guide to the 'Friendly Games'," 3 Apr. 2018 One of the first major developments during her tenure has been pay parity for Australia's male and female sevens players, announced in January 2018. CNN, "New Zealand: Women's Rugby World Cup winners awarded pro contracts," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of seven

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

History and Etymology for seven

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

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

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English Language Learners Definition of seven

: the number 7

: the seventh in a set or series

: seven o'clock


sev·​en | \ˈse-vən \

Kids Definition of seven

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being one more than six



Kids Definition of seven (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one more than six : 7

2 : the seventh in a set or series

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