[ sev-er-uh l, sev-ruh l ]
/ ˈsɛv ər əl, ˈsɛv rəl /


being more than two but fewer than many in number or kind: several ways of doing it.
respective; individual: They went their several ways.
separate; different: several occasions.
single; particular.
Law. binding two or more persons who may be sued separately on a common obligation.


several persons or things; a few; some.

Origin of several

1375–1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin sēparālis, equivalent to Latin sēpar separate + -ālis -al1
Can be confusedcouple pair several (see synonym study at pair) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for several


/ (ˈsɛvrəl) /


  1. more than a few; an indefinite small numberseveral people objected
  2. (as pronoun; functioning as plural)several of them know


(prenominal) various; separatethe members with their several occupations
(prenominal) distinct; differentthree several times
law capable of being dealt with separately; not sharedCompare joint (def. 15)

Word Origin for several

C15: via Anglo-French from Medieval Latin sēparālis, from Latin sēpār, from sēparāre to separate
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