Definition of several in English:


pronoun & determiner

  • More than two but not many.

    [as determiner] ‘the author of several books’
    [as pronoun] ‘the programme is one of several in the UK’
    ‘several of his friends attended’
    some, a number of, a few, not very many, a handful of, a small group of, various, a variety of, assorted, sundry, diverse
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  • 1Separate or respective.

    ‘the two levels of government sort out their several responsibilities’
    respective, individual, own, particular, specific
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    1. 1.1Law
      Applied or regarded separately.
      Often contrasted with joint


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from medieval Latin separalis, from Latin separ separate, different.