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seventeen

[sev-uh n-teen] /ˈsɛv ənˈtin/
noun
1.
a cardinal number, 10 plus 7.
2.
a symbol for this number, as 17 or XVII.
3.
a set of this many persons or things.
adjective
4.
amounting to 17 in number.
5.
(initial capital letter, italics) a novel (1916) by Booth Tarkington.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English seventene, Old English seofontēne (cognate with Dutch zeventien, German siebzehn). See seven, -teen
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British Dictionary definitions for seventeen

seventeen

/ˈsɛvənˈtiːn/
noun
1.
the cardinal number that is the sum of ten and seven and is a prime number See also number (sense 1)
2.
a numeral, 17, XVII, etc, representing this number
3.
the amount or quantity that is seven more than ten
4.
something represented by, representing, or consisting of 17 units
determiner
5.
  1. amounting to seventeen: seventeen attempts
  2. (as pronoun): seventeen were sold
Word Origin
Old English seofontīene
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Word Origin and History for seventeen

late Old English seofontyne; see seven + -teen. Replacing Old English form seofon-teoða. Cf. German siebzehn, a contraction of Middle High German siben-zehen.

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