Definition of seven in English:


Syllabification: sev·en
Pronunciation: /ˈsevən


  • 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
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    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.
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    • 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.

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