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[sev-uh n-teen]
  1. a cardinal number, 10 plus 7.
  2. a symbol for this number, as 17 or XVII.
  3. a set of this many persons or things.
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  1. amounting to 17 in number.
  2. (initial capital letter, italics) a novel (1916) by Booth Tarkington.
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Origin of seventeen

before 900; Middle English seventene, Old English seofontēne (cognate with Dutch zeventien, German siebzehn). See seven, -teen
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  1. the cardinal number that is the sum of ten and seven and is a prime numberSee also number (def. 1)
  2. a numeral, 17, XVII, etc, representing this number
  3. the amount or quantity that is seven more than ten
  4. something represented by, representing, or consisting of 17 units
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    1. amounting to seventeenseventeen attempts
    2. (as pronoun)seventeen were sold
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Word Origin for seventeen

Old English seofontīene
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Word Origin and History for seventeen

late Old English seofontyne; see seven + -teen. Replacing Old English form seofon-teoða. Cf. German siebzehn, a contraction of Middle High German siben-zehen.

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