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[sev-uh n-teenth] /ˈsɛv ənˈtinθ/
next after the sixteenth; being the ordinal number for 17.
being one of 17 equal parts.
a seventeenth part, especially of one (1/17).
the seventeenth member of a series.
Origin of seventeenth
before 900; seventeen + -th2; replacing Middle English seventethe, Old English seofontēotha. (see seven, tithe) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The family came to Ireland in the thirteenth century, and flourished there till the middle of the seventeenth.

    On an Irish Jaunting-car Samuel G. Bayne
  • Such was the rule in New England until the end of the seventeenth century.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The family is of German origin, but his ancestors migrated to Holland in the seventeenth century and became Dutch.

    A Century of Wrong F. W. Reitz
  • The type of play reached a climax in the middle of the seventeenth century.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • It must not be supposed that immigration to Virginia in the seventeenth century was restricted to indentured servants.

    The Planters of Colonial Virginia Thomas J. Wertenbaker
  • Kurroglú flourished in the second half of the seventeenth century.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
British Dictionary definitions for seventeenth


(usually prenominal)
  1. coming after the sixteenth in numbering or counting order, position, time, etc; being the ordinal number of seventeen: often written 17th
  2. (as noun): the ship docks on the seventeenth
  1. one of 17 approximately equal parts of something
  2. (as modifier): a seventeenth part
the fraction equal to one divided by 17 (1/17)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for seventeenth

c.1300, seventenþe, from seventeen + -th (1); replacing forms based on Old English seofonteoþa.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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