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[sev-uh n-teenth] /ˈsɛv ənˈtinθ/
next after the sixteenth; being the ordinal number for 17.
being one of 17 equal parts.
a seventeenth part, especially of one (1/17).
the seventeenth member of a series.
Origin of seventeenth
before 900; seventeen + -th2; replacing Middle English seventethe, Old English seofontēotha. (see seven, tithe) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for seventeenth
  • By the seventeenth century, though, the tide had begun to turn.
  • Even if it can't compete with bright city lights, this month's full moon--on the seventeenth--still deserves attention.
  • The flies probably traveled aboard ships using the transatlantic trade routes during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
  • Make it the size of the solar system, what could reasonably be observed in the seventeenth century, and the argument applies.
  • 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


(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
  1. one of 17 approximately equal parts of something
  2. (as modifier): a seventeenth part
the fraction equal to one divided by 17 (1/17)
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Word Origin and History for seventeenth

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

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