several

[sev-er-uh l, sev-ruh l]

adjective

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.

noun

several persons or things; a few; some.

Nearby words

  1. seventy-third,
  2. seventy-three,
  3. seventy-two,
  4. sever,
  5. severable,
  6. severalfold,
  7. severally,
  8. severalty,
  9. severance,
  10. severance pay

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)

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British Dictionary definitions for several

several

determiner

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

adjective

(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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Word Origin and History for several

several

adj.
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