Definition of seven in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsevən/

cardinal number

1Equivalent to the sum of three and four; one more than six, or three less than ten; 7: two sevens are fourteen the remaining seven were sentenced to terms of imprisonment (Roman numeral: vii, VII)
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  • Of the seven remaining, four have criminal records and three were convicted of the St-Laurent bar attack.
  • His sentence of seven years represents four days and eight hours for each of his crimes.
  • The new supernovas were found in galaxies ranging from four to seven billion light years away.
1.1A group or unit of seven people or things: animals were offered for sacrifice in sevens
septet, septuplets
technical heptad
1.2Seven years old: my mother died when I was seven
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  • I think I started at the age of seven, encouraged by my talented father.
  • He was put in residential school at the age of seven and escaped several times, each time getting sent to a school further from home.
  • Since the age of seven, he has sung in public, both here and abroad.
1.3Seven o’clock: the meeting doesn’t finish until seven
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  • The training starts sometimes at seven in the morning and does not finish up until seven at night.
  • I turned up about half eleven and stayed until quarter to seven that night, and left others still playing.
  • You are not working from seven in the morning until seven at night.
1.4A size of garment or other merchandise denoted by seven.
1.5A playing card with seven pips.
Example sentences
  • If the face-up trump is an ace, three or picture card it can be exchanged for the trump seven.
  • However, melds of sevens and aces are subject to some special rules and restrictions.
  • If the seven of the trump suit is led it wins.


Old English seofon, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zeven and German sieben, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin septem and Greek hepta.

  • Seven days of the week, seven deadly sins, seven dwarfs, seven wonders of the world, the Magnificent Seven…the number seven crops up again and again in history and culture. The word is from the same ancient root as Latin septem and Greek hepta ‘seven’—septem is the source of September (Old English), originally the seventh month of the Roman year, and of septet (early 19th century), whereas hepta is found in words such as heptagon (late 16th century) ‘seven angled’, and heptathlon [1970s] combined with athlon ‘contest’. The seven-year itch was originally a semi-proverbial medical condition, dating from the middle of the 19th century, but these days is a supposed tendency to infidelity after seven years of marriage. The phrase originated in the USA, and The Seven Year Itch, a 1955 comedy written and directed by Billy Wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe, introduced it to a wider audience.

Words that rhyme with seven

Bevan, Devon, eleven, Evan, heaven, leaven, Pleven, Severn

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Syllabification: sev·en

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