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sevens (ˈsɛvənz Pronunciation for sevens



  1. (functioning as singular) a Rugby Union match or series of matches played with seven players on each side

seven (ˈsɛvən Pronunciation for seven



  1. the cardinal number that is the sum of six and one and is a prime number See also number (sense 1)
  2. a numeral, 7, VII, etc, representing this number
  3. the amount or quantity that is one greater than six
  4. anything representing, represented by, or consisting of seven units, such as a playing card with seven symbols on it
  5. Also called: seven o'clock. seven hours after noon or midnight


    1. amounting to seven   ⇒ seven swans a-swimming
    2. (as pronoun)   ⇒ you've eaten seven already related prefixes hepta- septi-

Word Origin

Old English seofon; related to Gothic sibun, German sieben, Old Norse sjau, Latin septem, Greek hepta, Sanskrit saptá

Example Sentences Including 'sevens'

BRIEFLY: - South Africa won the Cardiff leg of the rugby sevens championship, beating Argentina 35-17.
Toronto Sun (2003)
By the time it ended, Theroux was the phantom of his own opera, at sixes and sevens with himself.
India Today (1999)
Making a return to international sevens is the immediate aim.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
There were sevens years of drought in the 1960s; Naomi lost great handfuls of her hair, lacking water with which to wash it.
Benton, Jill Naomi Mitchison - A Century of Experiment in Life and Letters
They have produced a lot of up-and-coming players through the sevens.
The Australian (2004)
West have been by far the most successful club outside the Borders on the sevens circuit.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
`You know how some people make ones that look like sevens ?
Pickard, Nancy No Body


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