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.’
    • ‘True mozzarella is made from the milk of the water buffalo, imported from India to Italy in the seventh century.’
    • ‘Richard Burrows gave the visitors an early lead but Danny Walters hit his seventh goal of the season to level the scores.’
    • ‘We begin with Caedmon, from the seventh century, but by page 6 we are already up to the sixteenth century.’
    • ‘It is believed to have originated from India as early as the seventh century, although the exact origins of chess are unknown.’
    • ‘Mayobridge spurned another goal chance on the seventh minute when a beautifully placed high ball from Benny Coulter fell to Ronan Sexton.’
    • ‘There are six sites for development in Central Place, with the area opposite the Market Theatre constituting a seventh site.’
    • ‘Of the few poets whose work has survived from the sixth and seventh centuries, the most notable is Pindar.’
    • ‘The history of Ely Cathedral is profound - it began as a humble Benedictine abbey in the seventh century.’
    • ‘Laws made in the seventh century could finally give way to the needs of the 21st.’
    • ‘Roslea is the site of an ancient church and convent dating back to the seventh century.’
    • ‘A Graham Delaney goal in the seventh minute set them on their way.’
    • ‘The defeat, City's seventh in eight games, leaves the Minstermen just one point clear of Division Three bottom-club Exeter City.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was Gillingham's seventh league defeat in a row, but coach John Gorman would not talk of relegation.’
    • ‘His seventh goal of the season required no such imagination.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It features a rare seventh century Buddha from India.’
    1. 1.1a seventh/one seventh Each 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Plovdiv region alone concentrates a seventh of the arable land and 14 per cent of the labour resources of this country.’
    2. 1.2 The seventh finisher or position in a race or competition.
      ‘he finished seventh in the tournament’
      • ‘Sunline came out of the Pukekohe race and then finished seventh in the Hong Kong Cup.’
      • ‘We finished seventh that season and looked a good bet for promotion the following year.’
      • ‘In Athens, her Olympic career ended when she finished seventh in her 100m semi-final.’
      • ‘In five seasons, Stewart has not finished worse than seventh in points.’
      • ‘She finished seventh in Birmingham.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Brendan Foster set a new British record yet finished only seventh.’
      • ‘Double race winner Chilton was seventh having started tenth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He finished sixth in the 1m board event and was seventh off the 3m board.’
      • ‘The Jets finished seventh in defense, and none of the other three teams playing today ranked higher than 17th.’
      • ‘He has not raced since finishing seventh in an allowance race at Churchill Downs on November 28, 1998.’
      • ‘Monifeth Man finishes seventh in the Coral Cup, better than any other Irish trained runner.’
      • ‘He was expected to finish seventh in the league.’
      • ‘Chantell Stierman finished seventh in the 60 kg division weightlifting.’
      • ‘She was also seventh in the 500m time trial and plans to compete in both events.’
      • ‘We were picked to finish seventh or eighth but we wound up fifth.’
      • ‘However, Yorkshire came a disappointing seventh in the team competition.’
    3. 1.3 Seventhly (used to introduce a seventh point or reason)
    4. 1.4Music An interval spanning seven consecutive notes in a diatonic scale.
    5. 1.5Music 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.’
    6. 1.6Music A chord in which the seventh note of the scale forms an important component.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Take the most salient feature for the listener - those Elgarian falling sevenths of the second page.’
      • ‘Bliss also incorporated Elgar's characteristic falling sevenths, by way of a recognisable tribute to his distinguished and supportive dedicatee.’
      • ‘Practicing fourths and consecutive sevenths challenges the ear in ways that sixths and thirds don't, in addition to enhancing hand stability.’
      • ‘It's got a great G major ending with a couple of Gershwinian sevenths and they just adored it.’


  • in seventh heaven

    • In a state of ecstasy.

      • ‘He got behind the serving counters and dished up turkey and mashed potatoes to the boys and he was just in seventh heaven.’
      • ‘On the right-wing Fox News Channel, the network's star Bill O'Reilly has been in seventh heaven.’
      • ‘Rebecca was in seventh heaven, having girls to talk to, after spending the day with Scott and his friends.’
      • ‘West Indian father Dennis builds a cricket practice net in the back garden and David is in seventh heaven.’
      • ‘I was twelve years old and I was in seventh heaven.’
      • ‘Come the day of the game, I was in seventh heaven.’
      • ‘For most of the afternoon, Hammam appeared to be in seventh heaven.’
      • ‘After my wonderful morning, add the dark, dank weather, and I was in seventh heaven.’
      • ‘He reported that the firm was in seventh heaven.’
      • ‘We were sold out, the audience loved it and we were in seventh heaven.’
      • ‘Of course, when the results came out a couple months later, I was in seventh heaven when they called my name and said St. Mary's College.’
      • ‘Dan and Kelly look tired but are clearly in seventh heaven.’
      • ‘She loved it, plus her 2 sisters who still live in Jamaica came over so she was in seventh heaven.’
      • ‘Having recently fallen in love with this style of music, I was in seventh heaven.’
      • ‘David is green with envy and in seventh heaven all at the same time and is soon sneaking off to get some cricket lessons courtesy of Dennis.’
      • ‘Poland are at sixes and sevens, Korea in seventh heaven.’
      • ‘Ardent followers of fashion will be in seventh heaven this weekend when one of the biggest and best clothes shows of the year fills the Sandton Convention Centre with a range of vibrant colours and exotic designs.’
      • ‘University College Cork is in seventh heaven as it advances plans to restore a century-old observatory on campus.’
      • ‘Students and teachers at schools throughout Eden and Lune were in seventh heaven as they received their well-earned results after two years of tests, course work and hard slog.’
      • ‘We've had snow, and the dog is in seventh heaven.’
      ecstatic, euphoric, thrilled, elated, delighted, overjoyed, on cloud nine, on cloud seven, treading on air, walking on air, jubilant, rapturous, beside oneself with joy, jumping for joy, exultant, transported, delirious, enraptured, blissful, in raptures, like a child with a new toy
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