sev·​er·​al | \ˈsev-rəl, ˈse-və-\

Definition of several 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : separate or distinct from one another federal union of the several states

b(1) : individually owned or controlled : exclusive a several fishery — compare common

(2) : of or relating separately to each individual involved a several judgment

c : being separate and distinctive : respective specialists in their several fields

2a : more than one several pleas

b : more than two but fewer than many moved several inches

c chiefly dialectal : being a great many

Definition of several (Entry 2 of 2)

: an indefinite number more than two and fewer than many several of the guests

Examples of several in a Sentence


It took several days for the package to arrive. He arrived several hours ago. We added several more names to the list. The meat can be cooked several ways. There are several similar stores at the mall. a federal union of the several states
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Kapoor and several others are also named as defendants in the suits against Simon. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Another lawsuit accuses Overland Park doctor of kickbacks from opioid spray maker," 13 July 2018 Mnuchin parried questions from Hensarling and several others about how the administration is weighing economic damage into its decision-making by assuring them that Trump officials are focused on the matter. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Mnuchin is in denial about the pain Trump's tariffs are inducing," 13 July 2018 An Afghan soldier also was killed in the raid, and several others were wounded. Thomas Gibbons-neff, New York Times, "American Soldier Is Killed in Afghanistan, the 2nd This Week," 12 July 2018 In a separate development on Monday, authorities added former president Asif Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur, close associate Anwar Majeed and several others to a travel ban list. Munir Ahmed, The Seattle Times, "Pakistan opposition leader Khan unveils election platform," 9 July 2018 The trail intersects with several others along the way, offering endless possibilities to adventurous runners. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "The 9 Most Scenic Urban Running Trails," 9 July 2018 The blue and orange, several said, were like the Tigers or Mets. Kevin Acee,, "Padres find they can't turn all blue eyes brown, but ...," 14 July 2018 All of the children were present during the encounter and several lived at the home, police said. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Six children, 21 guns found in northeast side home," 13 July 2018 Underscoring the sensitivity of the issue, several business and political leaders involved in the effort declined to comment publicly for a story. Steve Harrison And Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "Why did council Democrats wait to oppose RNC? An inside look at Charlotte’s bid.," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of several


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Pronoun, plural in construction

1639, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for several


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin separalis, from Latin separ separate, back-formation from separare to separate

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The first known use of several was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of several

: more than two but not very many

: different and separate


sev·​er·​al | \ˈse-və-rəl, ˈsev-rəl\

Kids Definition of several

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : consisting of more than two but not very many several people several minutes

2 : separate or distinct from others : different federal union of the several states



Kids Definition of several (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small number : more than two but not many The new rules made several of us angry.



Legal Definition of several 

1a : of or relating separately to each individual involved specifically : enforceable separately against each party each promisor owed a several duty — see also several liability at liability sense 2b, several obligation at obligation

b : being separately or individually responsible, liable, or obligated a several obligor — compare joint

2 : separate or distinct from one another to regulate commerce with foreign nations and among the several StatesU.S. Constitution art. I

Other Words from several

severally adverb

History and Etymology for several

Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin separalis, from Latin separ separate

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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