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Definitions for Reverend
ˈrɛv ər ənd, ˈrɛv rəndrev·erend

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Reverend.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. clergyman, reverend, man of the clothnoun

    a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church

  2. Reverendadjective

    a title of respect for a clergyman

  3. reverend, sublimeadjective

    worthy of adoration or reverence


  1. reverendnoun

    a member of the Christian clergy

  2. reverendadjective

    worthy of reverence or respect

  3. Reverendnoun

    A title warranting great respect, prefixed to the names of Christian clergy.

  4. Reverendnoun

    A person who has earned the designation and is entitled to use it publicly; minister.

  5. Etymology: From Latin future passive participle reverendus, from deponent verb revereri, honor or revere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Reverendadjective

    Etymology: reverend, Fr. reverendus, Lat.

    Let his lack of years be no impediment, to let him lack a reverend estimation. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    Reverend and gracious senators. William Shakespeare.

    Onias, who had been high priest, reverend in conversation, and gentle in condition, prayed for the Jews. 2 Mac. xv. 12.

    Rev’rend old man! lo here confest he stands. Alexander Pope.

    A reverend sire among them came,
    Who preach’d conversion and repentance. John Milton.


  1. Reverend

    The Reverend is an honorific style most often placed before the names of Christian clergy and ministers. There are sometimes differences in the way the style is used in different countries and church traditions. The Reverend is correctly called a style but is often and in some dictionaries called a title, form of address, or title of respect. The style is also sometimes used by leaders in other religions such as Judaism and Buddhism.The term is an anglicisation of the Latin reverendus, the style originally used in Latin documents in medieval Europe. It is the gerundive or future passive participle of the verb revereri ("to respect; to revere"), meaning "[one who is] to be revered/must be respected". The Reverend is therefore equivalent to The Honourable or The Venerable. It is paired with a modifier or noun for some offices in some religious traditions: Lutheran archbishops, Anglican archbishops, and most Catholic bishops are usually styled The Most Reverend (reverendissimus); other Lutheran bishops, Anglican bishops, and Catholic bishops are styled The Right Reverend.With Christian clergy, the forms His Reverence and Her Reverence are also sometimes used, along with their parallel in direct address, Your Reverence. The abbreviation HR is sometimes used.


  1. reverend

    A reverend is a title given to a member of the clergy or a religious leader, often used in Christian churches. This title indicates that the person is a part of the religious leadership and is typically involved in duties such as preaching, teaching, and providing spiritual guidance to the members of their congregation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reverendadjective

    worthy of reverence; entitled to respect mingled with fear and affection; venerable

  2. Etymology: [F. rvrend, L. reverendus, fr. revereri. See Revere.]


  1. Reverend

    Reverend is the 1989 EP debut by the American heavy metal band of the same name. This was Reverend's only studio EP until 2001's A Gathering of Demons.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Reverend

    a title of respect given to the clergy, Very Reverend to deans, Right Reverend to bishops, and Most Reverend to archbishops.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Reverend in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Reverend in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Reverend in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Traherne:

    Your enjoyment of the world is never right, till every morning you awake in Heaven: see yourself in your Father's palace; and look upon the skies, the earth, and the air as celestial joys: having such a reverend esteem of all, as if you were among the angels.

  2. Coming to America:

    Reverend Brown Girl, you look so good, someone ought to put you on a plate and sop you up with a biscuit.

  3. Jimmy Carter:

    Rosalynn and I are deeply saddened to learn of the death of The Reverend Billy Graham.

  4. David Rivers:

    It was a powerful, powerful speech, he had a little reverend in him too. Sounded like Reverend Obama.

  5. Barack Obama:

    We knew their pastor, Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who, along with eight others gathered in prayer and fellowship, and was murdered last night, and to say our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families and their community doesn't say enough to convey the heartache and the sadness and the anger that we feel.

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