- 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.
- 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 of severalMiddle English ; from Anglo-French ; from Medieval Latin separalis ; from Classical Latin separ, separate, back-formation ; from separare: see separate
an indefinite but small number (of persons or things)
several persons or things; a few
- Being of a number more than two or three but not many: several miles away.
- Respectively different; various: They parted and went their several ways. See Synonyms at distinct.
- Law Regarded as separate, especially with regard to tort liability or legal obligation, such that each individual involved is fully responsible for the liability or obligation.
- Archaic Single; distinct: “Pshaw! said I, with an air of carelessness, three several times” (Laurence Sterne).
pron.(used with a pl. verb)
An indefinite but small number; some or a few: Several of the workers went home sick.
Origin of severalMiddle English, separate, from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin sēparālis, sēperālis, from Latin sēpar, from sēparāre, to separate; see separate.
- By itself; severally.
several - Legal Definition
More than one but fewer than many (said of persons, places, or things); separate or distinct, but not requisitely independent (said of liability); various or differing (said of things). See also joint and several liability.