l) KEY ADJECTIVE:
PRONOUN: (used with a pl. verb)
- Being of a number more than two or three but not many: several miles away.
- Single; distinct: "Pshaw! said I, with an air of carelessness, three several times" (Laurence Sterne).
- Respectively different; various: They parted and went their several ways. See Synonyms at distinct.
- Law Relating separately to each party of a bond or note.
- An indefinite but small number; some or a few: Several of the workers went home sick.
Middle English, separate
, from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin sparlis, sperlis
, from Latin spar
, from sparre
, to separate
; see separateOTHER FORMS:sever·al·ly(Adverb)