Definition of seventh in English:


ordinal number

  • 1Constituting number seven in a sequence; 7th.

    ‘his seventh goal of the season’
    ‘the seventh of June’
    ‘he was the seventh of eight children’
    • ‘Arab invaders brought Islam to Morocco during the seventh century.’
    • ‘It features a rare seventh century Buddha from India.’
    • ‘It was Gillingham's seventh league defeat in a row, but coach John Gorman would not talk of relegation.’
    • ‘Of the few poets whose work has survived from the sixth and seventh centuries, the most notable is Pindar.’
    • ‘It is believed to have originated from India as early as the seventh century, although the exact origins of chess are unknown.’
    • ‘The defeat, City's seventh in eight games, leaves the Minstermen just one point clear of Division Three bottom-club Exeter City.’
    • ‘His seventh goal of the season required no such imagination.’
    • ‘There are six sites for development in Central Place, with the area opposite the Market Theatre constituting a seventh site.’
    • ‘Mayobridge spurned another goal chance on the seventh minute when a beautifully placed high ball from Benny Coulter fell to Ronan Sexton.’
    • ‘Laws made in the seventh century could finally give way to the needs of the 21st.’
    • ‘We begin with Caedmon, from the seventh century, but by page 6 we are already up to the sixteenth century.’
    • ‘This was Hearts' seventh defeat in eight league and cup games.’
    • ‘To pass 500 in your first innings but lose, and for a seventh time in eight championship games at that, is patently demoralising.’
    • ‘At the beginning of the seventh century St. Gobban founded a monastery at Leighlin Bridge.’
    • ‘A Graham Delaney goal in the seventh minute set them on their way.’
    • ‘Richard Burrows gave the visitors an early lead but Danny Walters hit his seventh goal of the season to level the scores.’
    • ‘True mozzarella is made from the milk of the water buffalo, imported from India to Italy in the seventh century.’
    • ‘Roslea is the site of an ancient church and convent dating back to the seventh century.’
    • ‘The history of Ely Cathedral is profound - it began as a humble Benedictine abbey in the seventh century.’
    • ‘His aim is to discover the effect of the text's message on the earliest audience at the end of the seventh century B.C.’
    1. 1.1 The seventh finisher or position in a race or competition.
      ‘Jo Richardson came seventh’
      • ‘I had my best season and still only finished seventh in the points.’
      • ‘Briton Steve Ovett finished fifth and Sriram Singh was seventh in that memorable race.’
      • ‘As a 24-year-old in 2001 he rode an excellent race to finish seventh overall, leading many to bill him as a future winner of the race.’
      • ‘In five seasons, Stewart has not finished worse than seventh in points.’
      • ‘Chantell Stierman finished seventh in the 60 kg division weightlifting.’
      • ‘Brendan Foster set a new British record yet finished only seventh.’
      • ‘She finished seventh in Birmingham.’
      • ‘He finished sixth in the 1m board event and was seventh off the 3m board.’
      • ‘We were picked to finish seventh or eighth but we wound up fifth.’
      • ‘He finished seventh in the April race in Phoenix; he'll need to do better than that on Sunday if he hopes to catch Stewart.’
      • ‘We finished seventh that season and looked a good bet for promotion the following year.’
      • ‘The Jets finished seventh in defense, and none of the other three teams playing today ranked higher than 17th.’
      • ‘However, Yorkshire came a disappointing seventh in the team competition.’
      • ‘Double race winner Chilton was seventh having started tenth.’
      • ‘In Athens, her Olympic career ended when she finished seventh in her 100m semi-final.’
      • ‘She was also seventh in the 500m time trial and plans to compete in both events.’
      • ‘He has not raced since finishing seventh in an allowance race at Churchill Downs on November 28, 1998.’
      • ‘Sunline came out of the Pukekohe race and then finished seventh in the Hong Kong Cup.’
      • ‘Monifeth Man finishes seventh in the Coral Cup, better than any other Irish trained runner.’
      • ‘He was expected to finish seventh in the league.’
    2. 1.2 Seventhly (used to introduce a seventh point or reason).
    3. 1.3Music An interval spanning seven consecutive notes in a diatonic scale.
    4. 1.4Music The note which is higher by a seventh than the tonic of a diatonic scale or root of a chord.
      • ‘The work lies far closer, at least in its harmonic thought, to American Modernism (say, Copland's music of the Twenties) than to what we might expect from familiar Creston - diatonic chords leavened with major sevenths and ninths.’
    5. 1.5Music A chord in which the seventh note of the scale forms an important component.
      • ‘It's got a great G major ending with a couple of Gershwinian sevenths and they just adored it.’
      • ‘Practicing fourths and consecutive sevenths challenges the ear in ways that sixths and thirds don't, in addition to enhancing hand stability.’
      • ‘Bliss also incorporated Elgar's characteristic falling sevenths, by way of a recognisable tribute to his distinguished and supportive dedicatee.’
      • ‘Take the most salient feature for the listener - those Elgarian falling sevenths of the second page.’
      • ‘Heard in this context, it involves the destruction and re-incarnation of the melody; at the close it appears over and above a series of jazz pianist sevenths.’
  • 2Each of seven equal parts into which something is or may be divided.

    • ‘During his long reign he commandeered nearly a seventh of the land area.’
    • ‘The Plovdiv region alone concentrates a seventh of the arable land and 14 per cent of the labour resources of this country.’
    • ‘He was critical of the small quotas, which would mean that one vessel could catch a seventh of the total for certain species in a single fishing trip.’