I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin separalis, from Latin separ separate, back-formation from separare to separate Date: 15th century 1. a. separate or distinct from one another <
federal union of the several states
b. (1) individually owned or controlled ; exclusive <
a several fishery
— compare common (2) of or relating separately to each individual involved <
a several judgment
c. being separate and distinctive ; respective <
specialists in their several fields
2. a. more than one <
several pleas
b. more than two but fewer than many <
moved several inches
c. chiefly dialect being a great many II. pronoun, plural in construction Date: 1639 an indefinite number more than two and fewer than many <
several of the guests

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Several — Sev er*al, a. [OF., fr. LL. separalis, fr. L. separ separate, different. See {Sever}, {Separate}.] 1. Separate; distinct; particular; single. [1913 Webster] Each several ship a victory did gain. Dryden. [1913 Webster] Each might his several… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Several — Sev er*al, n. 1. Each particular taken singly; an item; a detail; an individual. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] There was not time enough to hear . . . The severals. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Persons oe objects, more than two, but not very many. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • several — is an adjective and pronoun. As an adjective, it is only used with plural countable nouns (several people but not several furniture) and is more positive in implication than a few. However, unlike a few, several cannot be qualified by an adverb… …   Modern English usage

  • several — [sev′ər əl, sev′rəl] adj. [ME < Anglo Fr < ML separalis < L separ, separate, back form. < separare: see SEPARATE] 1. existing apart; separate; distinct; individual 2. different; respective [parted and went their several ways] 3. more… …   English World dictionary

  • Several — Sev er*al, adv. By itself; severally. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Every kind of thing is laid up several in barns or storehoudses. Robynson (More s Utopia). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • several — early 15c., existing apart, from Anglo Fr. several, from M.Fr. seperalis separate, from L. separe (ablative of *separ distinct ), back formation from separare to separate (see SEPARATE (Cf. separate)). Meaning various, diverse, different is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • several — 1 *distinct, separate, discrete Analogous words: individual, particular, *special, especial 2 *many, sundry, various, divers, numerous, multifarious Analogous words: *single, separate, particular: detached, disengaged (see …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • several — ► DETERMINER & PRONOUN ▪ more than two but not many. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ separate or respective. DERIVATIVES severally adverb. ORIGIN Old French, from Latin separ separate, different …   English terms dictionary

  • several — sev|er|al [ sev(ə)rəl ] function word, quantifier *** Several can be used in the following ways: as a determiner (followed by a plural noun): Several buildings were damaged by the explosion. as a pronoun: If you want to see Edward s paintings,… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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