[ sev-uh n ]
/ ˈsɛv ən /



amounting to seven in number.

Verb Phrases

seven out, crap2(def 3a).

Nearby words

  1. seurat, georges,
  2. seuss,
  3. seuss, dr.,
  4. sevan,
  5. sevastopol,
  6. seven against thebes,
  7. seven champions,
  8. seven deadly sins,
  9. seven hills,
  10. seven hills of rome

Origin of seven

before 900; Middle English seoven(e), seofne, seven, Old English seofon; cognate with German sieben, Gothic sibun; akin to Old Irish secht, Welsh saith, Latin septem, Greek heptá, Polish siedem, Sanskrit saptá Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for seven

British Dictionary definitions for seven


/ (ˈsɛvən) /


the cardinal number that is the sum of six and one and is a prime numberSee also number (def. 1)
a numeral, 7, VII, etc, representing this number
the amount or quantity that is one greater than six
anything representing, represented by, or consisting of seven units, such as a playing card with seven symbols on it
Also called: seven o'clock seven hours after noon or midnight


  1. amounting to sevenseven swans a-swimming
  2. (as pronoun)you've eaten seven already Related prefixes: hepta-, septi-
See also sevens

Word Origin for seven

Old English seofon; related to Gothic sibun, German sieben, Old Norse sjau, Latin septem, Greek hepta, Sanskrit saptá

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Word Origin and History for seven


Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with seven


see at sixes and sevens; in seventh heaven.

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