from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The cardinal number equal to 6 + 1.
  • n. The seventh in a set or sequence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A numerical value equal to 7; the number occurring after six and before eight.
  • n. The digit/figure 7 or an occurrence thereof.
  • n. A card bearing seven pips.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. One more than six; six and one added.
  • n. The number greater by one than six; seven units or objects.
  • n. A symbol representing seven units, as 7, or vii.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • One more than six; the sum of three and four: a cardinal numeral.
  • (b ) The constellation Ursa Major.
  • The Pleiades.
  • n. The number greater by one than six; a group of things amounting to this number.
  • n. The symbol representing this number, as 7, or VII, or vii.
  • n. plural In Eng. hymnology, a species of trochaic meter having seven syllables to the line, and properly four lines to the stanza. Sevens double (7s, D.) has eight lines, and other varieties are marked by the number of lines, as 7s, 6l, or 7s, 3l.
  • n. A playing-card with seven spots or pips on it.
  • n. To set in confusion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. being one more than six
  • n. one of four playing cards in a deck with seven pips on the face
  • n. the cardinal number that is the sum of six and one


Middle English, from Old English seofon; see septm̥ in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English seofon ("seven"), from Proto-Germanic *sebun (“seven”), from Proto-Indo-European *septḿ̥ (“seven”). Cognate with Scots sevin ("seven"), West Frisian sân ("seven"), Saterland Frisian soogen ("seven"), Dutch zeven ("seven"), German sieben ("seven"), Danish syv ("seven"), Icelandic sjö ("seven"), Latin septem ("seven"), Ancient Greek ἑπτά (heptá, "seven"), Russian семь (sem'), Sanskrit सप्तन् (saptán). (Wiktionary)



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