- being more than two but fewer than many in number or kind: several ways of doing it.
- respective; individual: They went their several ways.
- separate; different: several occasions.
- single; particular.
- Law. binding two or more persons who may be sued separately on a common obligation.
- several persons or things; a few; some.
Origin of several
Examples from the Web for several
It is the summit of human happiness: the surrender of man to God, of woman to man, of several women to the same man.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
It was followed by several told-you-so articles with titles like “Have No Illusion: Islam Is the Enemy.”
Several times, either because they forgot or they had a technical problem, they connected directly, and we could see them.Was Sony Hit With a Second Hack?
January 8, 2015
Several Muslim sites in France, including mosques have been attacked or vandalized since the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
Julianne Moore, Still Alice Julianne Moore should have several Oscars by now.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’
January 6, 2015
For several weeks, there was no apparent change in Philothea's health or spirits.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
The country is very dry, and I should think there has not been any rain for several months.
Windich and I fired our revolvers at them several times, and chased them up the hill.
Many tracks were seen, following mine and Windich's for several miles.
I have been acquainted with her character and actions for several years.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
- more than a few; an indefinite small numberseveral people objected
- (as pronoun; functioning as plural)several of them know
- (prenominal) various; separatethe members with their several occupations
- (prenominal) distinct; differentthree several times
- law capable of being dealt with separately; not sharedCompare joint (def. 15)
Word Origin and History for several
early 15c., "existing apart," from Anglo-French several, from Middle French seperalis "separate," from Medieval Latin separalis, from Latin separ "separate, different," back-formation from separare "to separate" (see separate (v.)). Meaning "various, diverse, different" is attested from c.1500; that of "more than one" is from 1530s, originally in legal use.
Here we are all, by day; by night we're hurled
By dreams, each one into a several world
Related: Severalty. Jocular ordinal form severalth attested from 1902 in American English dialect (see -th (2)).