Definition of seventeen in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsevənˈtēn/
Pronunciation: /ˈsevənˌtēn/

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, 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
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  • 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 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.

Words that rhyme with seventeen

Aberdeen, Amin, aquamarine, baleen, bean, been, beguine, Benin, between, canteen, careen, Claudine, clean, contravene, convene, cuisine, dean, Dene, e'en, eighteen, fascine, fedayeen, fifteen, figurine, foreseen, fourteen, Francine, gean, gene, glean, gombeen, green, Greene, Halloween, intervene, Janine, Jean, Jeannine, Jolene, Kean, keen, Keene, Ladin, langoustine, latrine, lean, limousine, machine, Maclean, magazine, Malines, margarine, marine, Mascarene, Massine, Maxine, mean, Medellín, mesne, mien, Moline, moreen, mujahedin, Nadine, nankeen, Nazarene, Nene, nineteen, nougatine, obscene, palanquin, peen, poteen, preen, quean, Rabin, Racine, ramin, ravine, routine, Sabine, saltine, sardine, sarin, sateen, scene, screen, seen, serene, shagreen, shebeen, sheen, sixteen, spleen, spring-clean, squireen, Steen, submarine, supervene, tambourine, tangerine, teen, terrine, thirteen, transmarine, treen, tureen, Tyrrhene, ultramarine, umpteen, velveteen, wean, ween, Wheen, yean

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Syllabification: sev·en·teen

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