[sev-er-uhl, sev-ruhl]
being more than two but fewer than many in number or kind: several ways of doing it.
respective; individual: They went their several ways.
separate; different: several occasions.
single; particular.
Law. binding two or more persons who may be sued separately on a common obligation.
several persons or things; a few; some.

1375–1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin sēparālis, equivalent to Latin sēpar separate + -ālis -al1

couple, pair, several (see synonym study at pair). Unabridged
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several (ˈsɛvrəl)
1.  a.  more than a few; an indefinite small number: several people objected
 b.  (as pronoun; functioning as plural): several of them know
2.  (prenominal) various; separate: the members with their several occupations
3.  (prenominal) distinct; different: three several times
4.  law Compare joint capable of being dealt with separately; not shared
[C15: via Anglo-French from Medieval Latin sēparālis, from Latin sēpār, from sēparāre to separate]

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Word Origin & History

1422, "existing apart," from Anglo-Fr. several, from M.Fr. seperalis "separate," from L. separe (ablative of *separ "distinct"), back formation from separare "to separate" (see separate). Meaning "various, diverse, different" is attested from 1508; that of "more than one"
is from 1531, originally in legal use.
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He was accused of corruption in several court cases.
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  several hundred thousand diamonds.
His illustrations complement her accounts of first meetings between notables
  from the past several centuries.
But several clever experiments have tested people's memory immediately after a
  tragedy and again several months or years later.
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