several

adjective
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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In Michigan, where several men were charged last fall in separate plots to kidnap the governor and storm the statehouse in hopes of inciting a civil war, police briefly closed the capitol on Thursday after a man called to make a bomb threat. Chron, "Education head Betsy DeVos quits, cites Trump rhetoric," 7 Jan. 2021 Those concerns have already been heard by several courts and the changes and results have been upheld as legal. Tal Kopan, SFChronicle.com, "Most California Republicans vote to reject election results after violence," 7 Jan. 2021 This was followed by several awards show appearances where he was seen wearing facial bandages. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Why The Weeknd's Face Looks So Different in His Music Video for ‘Save Your Tears’," 6 Jan. 2021 That leaves several returning quarterbacks and skill players in the mix for the 2021 Heisman with no clear favorite heading into the offseason. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Heisman Trophy race in 2021 is intriguing, unpredictable and full of quarterbacks," 6 Jan. 2021 Elise’s wedding gown, along with her after-party dress and several other looks, were created by Danielle Frankel. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "CJ McCollum and Elise Esposito’s Wedding Was an Intimate Affair in Oregon Wine Country," 6 Jan. 2021 But course changes announced last month in response to COVID-19 will keep the Iditarod out of Nome and several other remote Alaska villages this year. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Sled dog teams will start and finish the 2021 Iditarod at Deshka Landing," 6 Jan. 2021 Brendan Ring applied in 1992 to be a bartender, took over the restaurant-bar in 2001, and sold it along with several accompanying properties. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Browns wine, Nighttown, biggest beer stories of 2020, more: WTAM 5-minute food-drinks chat," 6 Jan. 2021 Yet Trump and a few allies, including several senators jockeying for his favor and that of his supporters, have continued to suggest without evidence that the election was fraudulent and that Congress could overturn the result. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: A historic win in Georgia," 6 Jan. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for several

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

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Last Updated

12 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Several.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/several. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for several

several

adjective
How to pronounce several (audio)

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 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

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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