Origin of seven
Examples from the Web for seven
Submission is set in a France seven years from now that is dominated by a Muslim president intent on imposing Islamic law.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The Pentagon said Faal served in the Air Force for seven years, during which time he became a U.S. citizen.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country|Jacob Siegel|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The Air Force has about seven pilots for every eight drone pilot slots, in other words.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says|Dave Majumdar|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
If you answered seven or more of these correctly, you are eligible for a lifetime supply of Metamucil.
Since the age of six or seven, Wendy Roome knew something was terribly wrong about her.
Seven States which passed ordinances of secession have been fully restored to their places in the Union.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Ulysses S. Grant|James D. Richardson
Four of the seven letters that constituted the whole correspondence are printed in the Mm.History of the Rise of the Huguenots|Henry Baird
Broken in health and in fortune, he went to Colorado in 1879, where he remained seven years.Recollections of Abraham Lincoln 1847-1865|Ward Hill Lamon
Miss Winstead, the governess, resumed her letter, and a clock on the mantelpiece struck out seven silvery chimes.Daddy's Girl|L. T. Meade
Still, however, he maintains a supremacy over six or seven medalled rivals, in despite of the intrigues of the traders.Early Western Travels 1748-1846, Volume XIV|Edwin James
British Dictionary definitions for seven
- amounting to sevenseven swans a-swimming
- (as pronoun)you've eaten seven already Related prefixes: hepta-, septi-
Word Origin for seven
Word Origin and History for seven
Old English seofon, from Proto-Germanic *sebun (cf. Old Saxon sibun, Old Norse sjau, Swedish sju, Danish syv, Old Frisian sowen, siugun, Middle Dutch seven, Dutch zeven, Old High German sibun, German sieben, Gothic sibun), from PIE *septm "seven" (cf. Sanskrit sapta, Avestan hapta, Hittite shipta, Greek hepta, Latin septem, Old Church Slavonic sedmi, Lithuanian septyni, Old Irish secht, Welsh saith).
Long regarded as a number of perfection (e.g. seven wonders; seven sleepers, the latter translating Latin septem dormientes; seven against Thebes, etc.), but that notion is late in Old English and in German a nasty, troublesome woman could be eine böse Sieben "an evil seven" (1662).
Magical power or healing skill associated since 16c. with the seventh son ["The seuenth Male Chyld by iust order (neuer a Gyrle or Wench being borne betweene)," Thomas Lupton, "A Thousand Notable Things," 1579]. The typical number for "very great, strong," e.g. seven-league boots in the fairy story of Hop o'my Thumb. The Seven Years' War (1756-63) is also the Third Silesian War.
The Seven Stars (Old English sibunsterri), usually refers to the Pleiades, though in 15c. and after this name occasionally was given to the Big Dipper (which also has seven stars), or the seven planets of classical astronomy. Popular as a tavern sign, it might also (with six in a circle, one in the center) be a Masonic symbol.
FOOL: ... The reason why the
seven stars are no more than seven is a pretty reason.
LEAR: Because they are not eight?
FOOL: Yes, indeed: thou wouldst make a good fool.
["King Lear," Act I, Scene V]
Idioms and Phrases with seven
see at sixes and sevens; in seventh heaven.