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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Kit Harington hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time this week, and several of his Game of Thrones co-stars turned up. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kit Harington Had a Mini Game of Thrones Reunion for His SNL Debut," 7 Apr. 2019 The Cassini spacecraft discovered several of those moons. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Reveals the Secrets of Saturn's Tiny "Ravioli" Moons," 29 Mar. 2019 Most Read Sports Stories Kansas expects to retool heading into next season, particularly if several of its players declare early for the NBA draft. Dave Skretta, The Seattle Times, "Big 12 a bust with early NCAA Tournament flameouts," 26 Mar. 2019 This Easter, several of us may begin to once again contemplate moving to Canada or Australia for one reason only: McDonald’s Cadbury Crème Egg McFlurry. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "McDonald's Easter Hours Will Vary, But the Fast Food Chain Will Definitely Be Open," 1 Mar. 2019 Ultimately, Facebook moved to further lock down its developer APIs — but not before various governments and regulatory agencies launched investigations, several of which are still ongoing. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Facebook," 26 Dec. 2018 The couple married in 2016, and several of their Pitch Perfect family members attended the ceremony. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "27 Celebrities Who Dated Their Co-Stars IRL," 7 Dec. 2018 But to attend fashion month, is to see this parade of potential yous several, if not dozens, of times a day, every day for a month. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Fall Runways Are Full of Bewitching Clothes, So Let’s Explore Fashion’s Obsession With Horror," 27 Mar. 2019 Other schools are young enough that there is reason for optimism heading into next season, and several have solid recruiting classes already in the fold. Dave Skretta, The Seattle Times, "Big 12 a bust with early NCAA Tournament flameouts," 26 Mar. 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 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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