sev·​en | \ ˈse-vən How to pronounce seven (audio) , 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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Grbac is simply trying to teach, and those opportunities already came before two-a-days as his quarterbacks and receivers worked on their timing during seven-on-sevens. Matt Goul,, "Elvis Grbac’s VASJ homecoming takes shape: 2019 football camp tour," 1 Aug. 2019 Sixes and sevens derives from an old dicing game that had more than the six sides of modern dice. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Language insights into the games that people play," 22 June 2019 Kelter, the Eagle River woman who played in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 when women’s sevens made its Olympic debut, was named the MVP in a season-ending championship match Sunday in France. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s Alev Kelter lifts US women’s rugby team to a golden finish for a historic season," 17 June 2019 Offensive lineman Ian Park took over Seumalo’s snap-boy duties during seven-on-sevens. Jeff Mclane,, "Eagles practice observations: Jalen Mills locks down; Nelson Agholor explodes; Dallas Goedert catches on," 13 June 2018 In terms of mental preparation, 15-a-side rugby is a different beast to sevens -- something that Brian O'Driscoll, whose illustrious career spanned 141 test matches for Ireland and the British and Irish Lions, readily acknowledges. George Ramsay, CNN, "Mind game: When rugby stars are 'too nervous to take the field'," 1 June 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce seven (audio) \

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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