several

adjective
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

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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
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Or several people in full Mexican regalia — nice sombreros, for sure — giving their own interviews rather than asking anything about jet sweeps or corner blitzes. Barry Wilner, The Seattle Times, "Media night more like a mosh pit and Mardi Gras," 29 Jan. 2019 In fact, in several benchmarks, the GS75 Stealth is faster than laptops that weight 50 percent more and feature much hotter and power-hungry graphics cards inside. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Why you should or shouldn't buy a GeForce RTX laptop," 29 Jan. 2019 Since then, several people behind the movie have given small updates on the film's progress. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Anne Hathaway Reveals That "The Princess Diaries 3" is Happening and We Need it Now," 25 Jan. 2019 Jen has worked with several of the same directors and producers over her three movies, and is already slated to shoot movie next month. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "'Winter Love Story' Actress Jen Lilley Reveals 6 Hallmark Movie Secrets," 18 Jan. 2019 To recap, throughout Season 1, Joe pursues, and eventually wins, promising writer Beck, but only by gradually eliminating several people from her life first—including Shay Mitchell's Peach Salinger. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know About You Season 2," 13 Jan. 2019 Beyond their stimulating content—several of which include the words and photos of Curbed contributors—these volumes all look stunning on a table. Curbed Staff, Curbed, "18 enticing new books on design, cities, and more," 14 Dec. 2018 The Today show has already been through several big changes in the past year or so — including when NBC booted Megyn Kelly from the third hour in October for her controversial comments about wearing blackface on Halloween. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The 'Today' Show Is Getting a Major Makeover After Megyn Kelly's Departure," 5 Dec. 2018 The collective list of 773 million email addresses from several sources, published to the cloud storage service MEGA, was reported by Troy Hunt, the owner of the HaveIBeenPwned website, which indexes hacked information. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "'Collection #1' reveals 773 million email addresses, passwords in one of largest data breaches ever," 17 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of several

Adjective

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

Pronoun, plural in construction

1639, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for several

Adjective

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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of several

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: more than two but not very many
formal : different and separate

several

pronoun

English Language Learners Definition of several (Entry 2 of 2)

: more than two but not very many

several

adjective
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

several

pronoun

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.

several

adjective
sev·​er·​al

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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