[sev-uh n-teenth]
  1. a seventeenth part, especially of one (1/17).
  2. the seventeenth member of a series.

Origin of seventeenth

before 900; seventeen + -th2; replacing Middle English seventethe, Old English seofontēotha. (see seven, tithe) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of seventeenth

Historical Examples of seventeenth

  • Some said it was in the Eighth Ward; others located it in the Seventeenth.

  • It was introduced into England as an epicure's dish in the seventeenth century.

  • The result was that he graduated seventeenth in a class of seventy.


    Samuel Smiles

  • English prisons in the seventeenth century were not models of good management.


    James Anthony Froude

  • In the seventeenth century, all earnest English Protestants held this belief.


    James Anthony Froude

British Dictionary definitions for seventeenth


  1. (usually prenominal)
    1. coming after the sixteenth in numbering or counting order, position, time, etc; being the ordinal number of seventeen: often written 17th
    2. (as noun)the ship docks on the seventeenth
    1. one of 17 approximately equal parts of something
    2. (as modifier)a seventeenth part
  1. the fraction equal to one divided by 17 (1/17)
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Word Origin and History for seventeenth

c.1300, seventenþe, from seventeen + -th (1); replacing forms based on Old English seofonteoþa.

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