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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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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Dictionary Entries Near several

severable

several

several dozen

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9 Sep 2021

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“Several.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/several. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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several

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of several

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: more than two but not very many
: 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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