Definitions for severalˈsɛv ər əl, ˈsɛv rəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sev•er•alˈsɛv ər əl, ˈsɛv rəl(adj.)

  1. being more than two but fewer than many in number or kind:

    several ways to do the same thing.

  2. respective; individual:

    They went their several ways.

  3. separate; different:

    several occasions.

  4. single; particular.

  5. Law. binding two or more persons who may be sued separately on a common obligation.

    Category: Law

  6. (n.)several persons or things; a few; some.

Origin of several:

1375–1425; late ME < AF < ML sēparālis= L sēpar separate +-ālis -al1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. several(a)(adj)

    (used with count nouns) of an indefinite number more than 2 or 3 but not many

    "several letters came in the mail"; "several people were injured in the accident"

  2. respective(a), several(a), various(a)(adj)

    considered individually

    "the respective club members"; "specialists in their several fields"; "the various reports all agreed"

  3. several(p)(adj)

    distinct and individual

    "three several times"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. several(adjective)ˈsɛv ər əl, ˈsɛv rəl

    more than a few, but not many

    Several people left.; I knocked several times.; Several more birds appeared.; I looked for the pictures and found several.; Several of the men were wearing hats.


  1. several(Noun)

    An area of land in private ownership (as opposed to common land).

  2. several(Noun)

    Each particular taken singly; an item; a detail; an individual.

  3. several(Noun)

    An enclosed or separate place; enclosure.

  4. several(Adverb)

    By itself; severally.

  5. Origin: From several, from separalis, from separ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Several(adj)

    separate; distinct; particular; single

  2. Several(adj)

    diverse; different; various

  3. Several(adj)

    consisting of a number more than two, but not very many; divers; sundry; as, several persons were present when the event took place

  4. Several(adverb)

    by itself; severally

  5. Several(noun)

    each particular taken singly; an item; a detail; an individual

  6. Several(noun)

    persons oe objects, more than two, but not very many

  7. Several(noun)

    an inclosed or separate place; inclosure

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'several' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #338

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'several' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1155

Anagrams of several

  1. leavers

  2. reveals

Translations for several

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


more than one or two, but not a great many

Several weeks passed before he got a reply to his letter.

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