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Syllabification: sev·en
Pronunciation: /ˈsevən

Definition of seven in English:

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.

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