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

  • adj. Being of a number more than two or three but not many: several miles away.
  • adj. Single; distinct: "Pshaw! said I, with an air of carelessness, three several times” ( Laurence Sterne).
  • adj. Respectively different; various: They parted and went their several ways. See Synonyms at distinct.
  • adj. Law Relating separately to each party of a bond or note.
  • pro. An indefinite but small number; some or a few: Several of the workers went home sick.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. By itself; severally.
  • n. An area of land in private ownership (as opposed to common land).
  • n. Each particular taken singly; an item; a detail; an individual.
  • n. An enclosed or separate place; enclosure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Separate; distinct; particular; single.
  • adj. Diverse; different; various.
  • adj. Consisting of a number more than two, but not very many; divers; sundry.
  • adv. By itself; severally.
  • n. Each particular taken singly; an item; a detail; an individual.
  • n. Persons oe objects, more than two, but not very many.
  • n. An inclosed or separate place; inclosure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Separated; apart; not together.
  • Individual; not common to two or more; separate; particular.
  • Different; diverse; various; as, they went their several ways; it has happened three several times.
  • Single; particular; distinct.
  • In law, separable and capable of being treated as separate from, though it may be not wholly independent of, another.
  • Consisting of or comprising an indefinite number greater than one; more than one or two, but not many; divers.
  • = Syn. 2–4. Distinct, etc. See different.
  • n. That which is separate; a particular or peculiar thing; a private or personal possession.
  • n. A particular person; an individual.
  • n. An inclosed or separate place; specifically, a piece of inclosed ground adjoining a common field; an inclosed pasture or field, as opposed to an open field or common.
  • n. An outer garment for women, introduced about 1860 and named in France from the English word, in allusion to the different uses to which the garment could be put: its form could be changed by folding, buttoning, etc., so that it should make a shawl, a burnoose, or other garment at pleasure.
  • Separately; individually; diversely; in different ways.
  • To divide or break up into severals; make several instead of common.

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

  • adj. considered individually
  • adj. distinct and individual
  • adj. (used with count nouns) of an indefinite number more than 2 or 3 but not many


Middle English, separate, from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin sēparālis, sēperālis, from Latin sēpar, from sēparāre, to separate; see separate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman several, from Medieval Latin sēparālis, from Latin sēpar ("separate"). (Wiktionary)



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