Definitions for venerableˈvɛn ər ə bəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ven•er•a•bleˈvɛn ər ə bəl(adj.)

  1. worthy of respect or reverence, as because of great age, high office, or noble character.

  2. a title given to an Anglican archdeacon, or to a person proclaimed by the Roman Catholic Church to have attained the first degree of sanctity.

    Category: Religion

  3. hallowed by religious, historic, or other lofty associations:

    the venerable halls of the abbey.

  4. (n.)a venerable person.

Origin of venerable:

1400–50; late ME < L venerābilis=venerā(rī) to venerate+-bilis -ble


Princeton's WordNet

  1. venerable(adj)

    impressive by reason of age

    "a venerable sage with white hair and beard"

  2. august, revered, venerable(adj)

    profoundly honored

    "revered holy men"


  1. venerable(Adjective)

    Used as a form of address for an archdeacon in the Anglican Church

  2. venerable(Adjective)

    commanding respect because of age, dignity, character or position

  3. venerable(Adjective)

    Used as a form of address in the Roman Catholic Church for someone in the first stages of sainthood

  4. venerable(Adjective)

    worthy of reverence

  5. venerable(Adjective)

    Used as a form of address in the Eastern Orthodox Church for some saints

  6. venerable(Adjective)

    ancient, antiquated or archaic

  7. venerable(Adjective)

    made sacred especially by religious or historical association

  8. venerable(Adjective)

    a : calling forth respect through age, character, and attainments; broadly : conveying an impression of aged goodness and benevolence b : impressive by reason of age

Webster Dictionary

  1. Venerable(adj)

    capable of being venerated; worthy of veneration or reverence; deserving of honor and respect; -- generally implying an advanced age; as, a venerable magistrate; a venerable parent

  2. Venerable(adj)

    rendered sacred by religious or other associations; that should be regarded with awe and treated with reverence; as, the venerable walls of a temple or a church


  1. Venerable

    The Venerable is used as a style or epithet in several Christian churches. It is also the common English-language translation of a number of Buddhist titles.

Translations for venerable

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worthy of great respect because of age or for special goodness

a venerable old man.

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