[sev-uh n-teen]
  1. amounting to 17 in number.
  2. (initial capital letter, italics) a novel (1916) by Booth Tarkington.

Origin of seventeen

before 900; Middle English seventene, Old English seofontēne (cognate with Dutch zeventien, German siebzehn). See seven, -teen Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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
    1. amounting to seventeenseventeen attempts
    2. (as pronoun)seventeen were sold

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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