Origin of several
Examples from the Web for several
It is the summit of human happiness: the surrender of man to God, of woman to man, of several women to the same man.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It was followed by several told-you-so articles with titles like “Have No Illusion: Islam Is the Enemy.”
Several times, either because they forgot or they had a technical problem, they connected directly, and we could see them.
Several Muslim sites in France, including mosques have been attacked or vandalized since the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
Julianne Moore, Still Alice Julianne Moore should have several Oscars by now.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’|Marlow Stern|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
How gladly would I have accepted their hearty invitation to remain several weeks with them!A Visit to the Holy Land, Egypt, and Italy|Ida Pfeiffer
Without were several great silver maple trees and numerous ornamental shrubs.Monte-Cristo's Daughter|Edmund Flagg
Several horses and two men on our side had received slight flesh wounds, as there had been a random return fire.The Outlet|Andy Adams
It took Lady Clare several months to accustom Shag (for that was the colt's name) to her ways.Boyhood in Norway|Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
The crevices where racers hibernate are known to be several feet deep in some instances, extending well below the frost line.Natural History of the Racer Coluber constrictor|Henry S. Fitch
British Dictionary definitions for several
- more than a few; an indefinite small numberseveral people objected
- (as pronoun; functioning as plural)several of them know
Word Origin for several
Word Origin and History for several
early 15c., "existing apart," from Anglo-French several, from Middle French seperalis "separate," from Medieval Latin separalis, from Latin separ "separate, different," back-formation from separare "to separate" (see separate (v.)). Meaning "various, diverse, different" is attested from c.1500; that of "more than one" is from 1530s, originally in legal use.
Here we are all, by day; by night we're hurled
By dreams, each one into a several world
Related: Severalty. Jocular ordinal form severalth attested from 1902 in American English dialect (see -th (2)).