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- several:  Etymologically, several means ‘separate’. It comes via Anglo-Norman several from medieval Latin sēparālis, a derivative of Latin sēpar ‘separate’. This in turn was formed from sēparāre ‘separate’ (source of English separate), whose Vulgar Latin descendant *sēperāre passed into English via Anglo- Norman severer as sever . Several’s original sense ‘separate, individual’ survives in legal terminology, but it has been superseded in the general language by ‘many’, which emerged in the 16th and 17th centuries via ‘different, various’.
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- several (adj.)
- early 15c., "existing apart," from Anglo-French several, from Middle French seperalis "separate," from Medieval Latin separalis, from Latin separ "separate, different," back-formation from separare "to separate" (see separate (v.)). Meaning "various, diverse, different" is attested from c. 1500; that of "more than one" is from 1530s, originally in legal use.
Here we are all, by day; by night we're hurled
Related: Severalty. Jocular ordinal form severalth attested from 1902 in American English dialect (see -th (2)).
By dreams, each one into a several world
- 1. Several proposals are under consideration by the state assembly.
- 2. He entered for many competitions, winning several gold medals.
- 3. Several hundred workers struck in sympathy with their colleagues.
- 4. She travels con-stantly, moving among her several residences around the world.
- 5. We felt we were living life on several different planes.
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