Several meaning

sĕvər-əl, sĕvrəl
More than two but not many; of an indefinite but small number; few.
adjective
9
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Existing apart; separate; distinct; individual.
adjective
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3
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.

adjective
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4
An indefinite but small number; some or a few.

Several of the workers went home sick.

pronoun
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3
Different; respective.

Parted and went their several ways.

adjective
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1
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An indefinite but small number (of persons or things)
pluralNoun
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0
Several persons or things; a few.
pronoun
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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.
adjective
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Separate, distinct; particular. [15th-19th century]
determiner
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A number of different; various. (Now merged into later senses, below) [from 16th century]
determiner
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Consisting of a number more than two or three but not very many; diverse. [from 17th century]
determiner
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By itself; severally.
adverb
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Each particular taken singly; an item; a detail; an individual.
noun
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(archaic) An enclosed or separate place; enclosure.
noun
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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.

pronoun
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Being of a number more than two or three but not many.

Several miles away.

adjective
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Respectively different; various.

They parted and went their several ways.

adjective
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(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.
adjective
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(archaic) Single; distinct.
adjective
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(chiefly dial.) Quite a few; many.
adjective
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(law) Of or having to do with an individual person; not shared or joint.
adjective
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Origin of several

  • Middle English separate from Anglo-Norman from Medieval Latin sēparālis, sēperālis from Latin sēpar from sēparāre to separate separate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman several, from Medieval Latin sÄ“parālis, from Latin sÄ“par (“separate").

    From Wiktionary