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Sevint, -ynd, -inth, adj. Also: -inte, -ynt, -ent, sevnt, sewint(e, -ynt, -ent, seiv-, seyv-, seavint, -ent, -eint, seevnit, sevynd, sewynd(e, sevinth, -enth, sewinth, seaventh, seivnth, seynt. [ME and e.m.E. sefennd (Orm), seuenþ, (c1290), seyuent (Cursor M.), seuynthe (1493), sente (a1500), seventh (1598), OE (Anglian) seofunda, siofunda.]

A. adj. 1. attrib. The seventh in order.(a) c1420 Ratis R. (STS) 1670.
The sevynt eild
14.. Acts I 84*/2.
And gif he denyis that dett he sall purge him therof at the merchis … with the sevynt hand
1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. 866.
Polymnia, the seuint muse of renoun
1504 Rec. Earld. Orkney 78.
We war dempt be the lawman to cum to Corgill within the sevynt day
1513 Doug. i xi 123. 1588 King Cat. 7.
Sinnes aganes the seuinte and tenthe commandiments
1619 Garden Elphinstoun 86.
(b) a1400 Leg. S. vii 95.
The sewynt ȝere of his bischophad
a1400 Leg. S. vii 106.
a1400 Leg. S. xxiv 552.
1528 Lynd. Dreme 531. 1576 Orkney Oppress. 47.
This sewint article
(c) 1645 Aberd. B. Rec. IV 40.
(d) a1400 Leg. S. xlvii 163.
1416 Maxwell Mem. I 141.
The sevynd day of the moneth of Avirhil
c1420 Wynt. iii 211.
(e) 1597 Paterson Ayr & Wigton II 194.
On the seevnit day of November
(f) 1588 King Cat. Sig. I iij.
1627 Justiciary Cases I 81.
The … 105 act of the sevinth parliament of King James
1668 Edinb. Test. LXXIII 168b.
Sevinth pair of head shits all eased throw
1691 Kirk Secr. Commonw. (1964) 272.
Seventh-sons, and others that cure the kings-evil
1691 Kirk Secr. Commonw. (1964) 356.
Why may not a seventh-daughter have the sam virtue?
(g) 1602 Three Reformers 167.
The seaventh day is the Sabboth of the Lord thy God
1638 Glasgow B. Rec. I 390.
1654 Glasg. Univ. Mun. I 315.
(h) a1538 Abell 1*a.
The saxt place … the seynt place

b. Following the name of a king. 1549 Lamb Ressonyng 21/14.
Kyng Henry the Sevint
c1500-50 Brevis Cronica 325.
Eugenius the sevinth of that nayme
1596 Dalr. I 84/16.
Henrie the Seuinth
1685 Sc. Ant. XIII 38.
The first Parliament of King James, the Seavint

c. As part of a compound number. 1423 Charter (Reg. H.) C.O. No. 37.
The twente sewynt day of the moneth of November 1423
1596 Dalr. I 58/16.
Hirth [the isle of] is in the saxtie thrie digrie, and Man [the isle of] in the fiftie sevinth
1681 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. MS 27 April.
Att Kirkcudbright the tuentie seaventh day of Apryle 1681
1704 Edinb. Univ. Chart. 153.
In page twentie seivnth it is observed [etc.]

2. Sevint part, a seventh, one of the seven equal parts into which something may be divided.a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 409 (see Part n. and adv. A 6 b (1)). 1592 Mining Rec. 65 (see Part n. and adv. A 6 b (2)). 1653 Retours I Inq. Spec. Ayr (454).
The sevent pairt of the landis of Watterlandis, and the seventh pairt of the corne-milne
1655 Retours I Inq. Spec. Fife (846).
The sevint part of the toun and lands of Eister Lombenny

3. ellipt. 1490 Irland Mir. II 17/28.
The sext of his ascencioun the sevint [sc. article] of his cummyn to the iugement
c1515 Asl. MS I 299/3.
Ane extract of the bibill of the sex werkdays according to the sex agis quhilkis restit in the sevynt
a1500 Bk. Chess 1088.
The sevynt [sc. law] was maid in opyn for to crye
a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 228.
Off thi panis I couth [nocht] schaw the sevint Quhilk thou sustenit
1535 Stewart 15721.
On sax dayes that maid all as Him lest Syne on the seyvint fra all werkis tuke rest
1560 Rolland Seven S. 6142. 1588 King Cat. 183.
The sewent is gentilnes
1601 Aberd. Eccl. Rec. 180.
The sewint of August
1648 Glasgow B. Rec. II 128.
The seivint of December
1659 Edinb. B. Rec. IX 168.
1659 Blairs P. 161.
Six men lying daid on the top of the hil … , they [sc. the Suisses] desyred me to thank Gode that I uas not the seauent

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