[ sep-tuh-ner-ee ]
/ ˈsɛp təˌnɛr i /


of or relating to the number seven or forming a group of seven.

noun, plural sep·te·nar·ies.

a group or set of seven.
a period of seven years.
the number seven.
Prosody. a line of seven feet.

Origin of septenary

1570–80; < Latin septēnārius, equivalent to septēn(ī) seven each (sept(em) seven + -ēnī distributive suffix) + -ārius -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for septenary

/ (ˈsɛptɪnərɪ) /


of or relating to the number seven
forming a group of seven
another word for septennial

noun plural -naries

Word Origin for septenary

C16: from Latin septēnārius, from septēnī seven each, from septem seven
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