sev·​er·​al | \ ˈsev-rəl How to pronounce several (audio) , 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

Adjective 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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective However, several cases have been detected around the world since a patient in the United Kingdom tested positive on May 7 following travel to Nigeria. Bymary Kekatos, ABC News, 20 May 2022 Federal agencies have been investigating several cases of illness in babies beginning last fall, including two deaths, though no definitive link to the formula has been established. New York Times, 19 May 2022 Such financial mechanisms, called third-party guarantors, are increasingly common in the auction industry and in several cases helped larger rival Sotheby’s $409 million modern-art sale the night before. Kelly Crow, WSJ, 19 May 2022 Health authorities confirmed Wednesday that monkeypox — an infectious disease that’s usually found in parts of Africa — had arrived in the U.S. after several cases were reported across Europe. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 19 May 2022 Schubert has also been at the forefront of several statewide cases. Hannah Wileystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 One case has been identified in the U.S. so far, and a handful of other cases have been reported in Canada, the U.K. and several European countries. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 May 2022 Most monkeypox infections today still occur there, but the disease has also been reported in several other central and western African countries, the CDC said. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, 19 May 2022 Her descendants still rule over several countries in Europe. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, 19 May 2022 See More

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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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several dozen

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24 May 2022

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“Several.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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sev·​er·​al | \ ˈse-və-rəl How to pronounce several (audio) , 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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