sev·​en·​teen | \ ˌse-vən-ˈtēn How to pronounce seventeen (audio) , ˌse-bᵊm- \

Definition of seventeen

: a number that is one more than 16 — see Table of Numbers

Other Words from seventeen

seventeen adjective
seventeen pronoun, plural in construction
seventeenth \ ˌse-​vən-​ˈtēn(t)th How to pronounce seventeen (audio) , ˌse-​bᵊm-​ \ adjective or noun

Examples of seventeen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The signature aria calls for nine impossibly effortless high Cs, and Pavarotti received a record seventeen curtain calls. Reagan Alexander,, 13 June 2019 One day, a nervous kid of about seventeen showed up, carrying a bucket full of cleaning supplies. Adrian Chen, The New Yorker, 8 Dec. 2014 Unlike other U.S. networks, which would commonly dedicate fifteen-to-seventeen minutes of ad time per hour, AJAM sold just six. Jessica Loudis, New Republic, 20 June 2017 Hayange, where unemployment is seventeen per cent, used to be a bastion of the left, but its political landscape is in flux. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 8 May 2017

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First Known Use of seventeen

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for seventeen

seventeen, adjective, from Middle English seventene, from Old English seofontēne; akin to Old English tīen ten

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

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“Seventeen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for seventeen


sev·​en·​teen | \ ˌse-vən-ˈtēn How to pronounce seventeen (audio) \

Kids Definition of seventeen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being one more than 16



Kids Definition of seventeen (Entry 2 of 2)

: one more than 16 : 17

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