Definition of several in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsev(ə)rəl/

determiner& pronoun

More than two but not many: [as determiner]: the author of several books [as pronoun]: Van Gogh was just one of several artists who gathered at Auvers several of his friends attended
More example sentences
  • After all, several of the crew were killed in the torpedo attack and the ship is a war grave.
  • Last week several of the accused companies also said that their product is not at fault.
  • I found that several of the huts had straw in them and that evidently sheep had wandered in.
some, a number of, a few;
various, assorted, sundry, diverse
literary divers


1Separate or respective: the two levels of government sort out their several responsibilities
respective, individual, own, particular, specific;
separate, different, disparate, distinct;
1.1 Law Applied or regarded separately. Often contrasted with joint.


See various (usage).


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from medieval Latin separalis, from Latin separ 'separate, different'.

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Syllabification: sev·er·al

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