Definition of seventeen in English:


Pronunciation: /sɛv(ə)nˈtiːn//ˈsɛv(ə)ntiːn/

cardinal number

  • 1One more than sixteen, or seven more than ten; 17:

    ‘seventeen years later’
    ‘a list of names, seventeen in all’
    • ‘Hannu beat out Rick Schramm with seventeen points on the back nine to Rick's sixteen.’
    • ‘The heir son was about seventeen years old, and the middle brother was about sixteen.’
    • ‘Most looked like twenty-year-olds and others were maybe sixteen or seventeen years old.’
    • ‘I have dropped a lot of names in my seventeen days of blogging - movie stars, artists, political figures.’
    • ‘It was bounded by two rivers from seventeen to thirty metres wide, and navigable for boats three to five kilometres.’
    • ‘Sixteen of the hottest seventeen years on record have happened since 1980.’
    • ‘They each gave a name and number, going in order from one to seventeen.’
    • ‘Over half of the seats are filled, with students of about sixteen or seventeen years old.’
    • ‘Exactly seventeen years later, I find myself in a head to head confrontation with the army, while the public at large is jeering and mocking me from the sidelines.’
    • ‘Take an extra buck or two out of the fund you set aside to buy seventeen Support Our Troops magnets to stick all over your car to show how patriotic you are.’
    • ‘Girls fifteen, sixteen, and seventeen years of age, mere children, are out on the street when they should be in school.’
    • ‘And if Mum and Dad did what I asked them to, I'm guessing that you'd be about sixteen or seventeen years old by now.’
    • ‘There are seventeen tracks on the UK album version.’
    • ‘We had these two youngsters, between sixteen and seventeen years of age, who had only been with us for two weeks when, all of a sudden, we had to do this attack.’
    • ‘You are seventeen years old and a senior in high school.’
    • ‘Out of the seventeen people in your household sixteen will survive, but you cannot escape your fate.’
    • ‘At 22 February there were one hundred and fifteen adults in the Workhouse and one hundred and seventeen children’
    • ‘All she knew of her roommate was that his name was Lawrence Anders and was seventeen years old.’
    • ‘Today I have received ten forms so far, eleven yesterday, sixteen before that, and seventeen the day before that!’
    • ‘Acting as first minister, the cardinal directed the affairs of France for the next seventeen years.’
    1. 1.1 Seventeen years old:
      ‘he joined the Marines at seventeen’
      • ‘The girl looked only about sixteen or seventeen, and she did not look healthy at all.’
      • ‘A severe early trauma was when, in 1963 at the age of seventeen, he lost his mother.’
      • ‘He looked about sixteen or seventeen, and his black hair was spiked up.’
      • ‘My favourite was Tilly Mathewson who worked part-time when I was sixteen or seventeen.’
      • ‘I met a young pregnant girl, around the age of seventeen.’
      • ‘He was about sixteen or seventeen when he first became known.’
      • ‘He was tall and lanky, with angry dark eyes, and looked about sixteen or seventeen at the most.’
      • ‘When they met, Monet was seventeen and Boudin thirty-three.’
      • ‘There aren't many things you can do when you're sixteen going on seventeen.’
      • ‘I looked up from my book and saw this guy who looked like he was around sixteen or seventeen.’
      • ‘I'm sixteen years old, but I'll be seventeen in a little more than a month.’
      • ‘I ask why the memoir stops at the age of seventeen.’
      • ‘The young woman looked around sixteen or seventeen with light brown curls and green eyes.’
      • ‘Oh, and did I mention the fact that Vic Fraser was seventeen and I was sixteen?’
      • ‘But in the beginning of their senior year, at the age of seventeen, no one expects a relationship to last forever.’
      • ‘They had all been drinking even though the majority of them were sixteen and seventeen.’
      • ‘The California girls, sixteen and seventeen, were old enough to be dating.’
      • ‘Returning to Britain from Lagos at the age of seventeen, he started art school as a painter.’
      • ‘He looked to be sixteen or seventeen and he was kind of small.’
      • ‘I first encountered Patti Smith's music in 1985, at the age of seventeen.’
    2. 1.2 A size of garment or other merchandise denoted by seventeen.
    3. 1.3 A set or team of seventeen individuals.
      • ‘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.