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Definition 1: a small elite group - [noun denoting group]

Samples where few or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it was designed for the discriminating few

(few is a kind of ...) a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status

Definition 2: a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `a'; a small but indefinite number - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where few or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a few weeks ago
  • a few more wagons than usual
  • an invalid's pleasures are few and far between
  • few roses were still blooming
  • few women have led troops in battle

(few is similar to ...) more than one but indefinitely small in number

"a few roses" "a couple of roses"

(few is similar to ...) very few

"hardly a man is now alive who remembers that famous date and year"

(means also ...) (comparative of `few' used with count nouns) quantifier meaning a smaller number of

"fewer birds came this year" "the birds are fewer this year" "fewer trains were late"

(means also ...) (quantifier) used with either mass nouns or plural count nouns to indicate an unspecified number or quantity

"have some milk" "some roses were still blooming" "having some friends over" "some apples" "some paper"

(... are attributes of few) a large number

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