- The definition of several is more than two but a small number, or separate people or things.
- An example of several is a group of four people.
- An example of several is five dogs standing apart from each other.
- Several is defined as a small, undefined number that is greater than two.
An example of several is five people leaving early; several left early.
several definition by Webster's New World
- existing apart; separate; distinct; individual
- different; respective: parted and went their several ways
- more than two but not many; of an indefinite but small number; few
- Chiefly Dial. quite a few; many
- Law of or having to do with an individual person; not shared or joint
Origin: Middle English ; from Anglo-French ; from Midieval Latin separalis ; from Classical Latin separ, separate, back-formation ; from separare: see separate
several definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Being of a number more than two or three but not many: several miles away.
- Single; distinct: “Pshaw! said I, with an air of carelessness, three several times” (Laurence Sterne).
- Respectively different; various: They parted and went their several ways. See Synonyms at distinct.
- Law Relating separately to each party of a bond or note.
Origin: Middle English, separate, from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin sēparālis, sēperālis, from Latin sēpar, from sēparāre, to separate; see separate.
- sevˈer·al·ly adverb
several - Legal Definition