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seventeenth

[sev-uh n-teenth] /ˈsɛv ənˈtinθ/
adjective
1.
next after the sixteenth; being the ordinal number for 17.
2.
being one of 17 equal parts.
noun
3.
a seventeenth part, especially of one (1/17).
4.
the seventeenth member of a series.
Origin
900
before 900; seventeen + -th2; replacing Middle English seventethe, Old English seofontēotha. (see seven, tithe)
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  • By the seventeenth century, though, the tide had begun to turn.
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  • The flies probably traveled aboard ships using the transatlantic trade routes during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
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  • Some of the musical instruments dated back to the seventeenth century.
  • The date is historically fixed at about the middle of the seventeenth century.
  • By the end of the seventeenth century the total number of known bodies in the solar system had more than doubled.
  • In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the dream turned to personal monarchy.
  • IN the history of education the seventeenth century is a period of much interest and importance.
  • In the seventeenth century the conditions of colonial life were not propitious to any sort of writing, humorous or other.
British Dictionary definitions for seventeenth

seventeenth

/ˈsɛvənˈtiːnθ/
adjective
1.
(usually prenominal)
  1. coming after the sixteenth in numbering or counting order, position, time, etc; being the ordinal number of seventeen: often written 17th
  2. (as noun): the ship docks on the seventeenth
noun
2.
  1. one of 17 approximately equal parts of something
  2. (as modifier): a seventeenth part
3.
the fraction equal to one divided by 17 (1/17)
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Word Origin and History for seventeenth
adj.

c.1300, seventenþe, from seventeen + -th (1); replacing forms based on Old English seofonteoþa.

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