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Line breaks: seven|teen
Pronunciation: /sɛv(ə)nˈtiːn
, ˈsɛv(ə)ntiːn

Definition of seventeen in English:

cardinal number

1One more than sixteen, or seven more than ten; 17: seventeen years later a list of names, seventeen in all (Roman numeral xvii or XVII)
More example sentences
  • Over half of the seats are filled, with students of about sixteen or seventeen years old.
  • Most looked like twenty-year-olds and others were maybe sixteen or seventeen years old.
  • Sixteen of the hottest seventeen years on record have happened since 1980.
1.1Seventeen years old: he joined the Marines at seventeen
More example sentences
  • I ask why the memoir stops at the age of seventeen.
  • I first encountered Patti Smith's music in 1985, at the age of seventeen.
  • Returning to Britain from Lagos at the age of seventeen, he started art school as a painter.
1.2A size of garment or other merchandise denoted by seventeen.
1.3A set or team of seventeen individuals.
Example sentences
  • Forty teams representing ten schools competed in this year's semi-finals with the top seventeen qualifying for the final.


Old English seofontīene, from the Germanic base of seven.



ordinal number
Example sentences
  • The twelve essays trace the history of opera from the seventeenth century to the present.
  • The fuzzy notion of democracy was despised by scholars prior to the seventeenth century.
  • England is divided more deeply than it has been since the seventeenth century.

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