- 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
Examples from the Web for severals
He was an Irish buddy tae, but there were severals converted.St. Cuthbert's
Robert E. Knowles
But the officers were of different sentiments, as severals of them expressed.
Severals are of opinion that the night attack could have been made, but I am convinced of the contrary for the following reasons.
I do not think fit to insert the charm, knowing that severals might be inclined to make an unwarrantable trial of it.
All hedges and ditches to be made betwixt 'severals', evidently enclosures as distinguished from common fields.A Short History of English Agriculture
W. H. R. Curtler
- more than a few; an indefinite small numberseveral people objected
- (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 and History for severals
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)).