adjective ven·er·a·ble \ˈve-nər(-ə)-bəl, ˈven-rə-bəl\

: old and respected : valued and respected because of old age, long use, etc.

Full Definition of VENERABLE

:  deserving to be venerated —used as a title for an Anglican archdeacon or for a Roman Catholic who has been accorded the lowest of three degrees of recognition for sanctity
:  made sacred especially by religious or historical association
a :  calling forth respect through age, character, and attainments <a venerable jazz musician>; broadly :  conveying an impression of aged goodness and benevolence <encouraged by the venerable doctor's head-nodding>
b :  impressive by reason of age <under venerable pines>
ven·er·a·bil·i·ty \ˌve-nə-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌven-rə-\ noun
ven·er·a·ble·ness \ˈve-nər(-ə)-bəl-nəs, ˈven-rə-\ noun
ven·er·a·bly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of VENERABLE

  1. <the venerable old man was a cherished source of advice and wisdom for the villagers>
  2. <a venerable tradition that colleges have been maintaining for centuries>
  3. [Julie] Powell never met Julia Child (who died last year), but the venerable chef's spirit is present throughout, and Powell imaginatively reconstructs episodes from Child's life in the 1940s. Her writing is feisty and unrestrained, especially as she details killing lobsters, tackling marrowbones and cooking late into the night. —Publishers Weekly, 13 June 2005


(see venerate)
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of VENERABLE

old, ancient, venerable, antique, antiquated, archaic, obsolete mean having come into existence or use in the more or less distant past. old may apply to either actual or merely relative length of existence <old houses> <an old sweater of mine>. ancient applies to occurrence, existence, or use in or survival from the distant past <ancient accounts of dragons>. venerable stresses the impressiveness and dignity of great age <the family's venerable patriarch>. antique applies to what has come down from a former or ancient time <collected antique Chippendale furniture>. antiquated implies being discredited or outmoded or otherwise inappropriate to the present time <antiquated teaching methods>. archaic implies having the character or characteristics of a much earlier time <the play used archaic language to convey a sense of period>. obsolete may apply to something regarded as no longer acceptable or useful even though it is still in existence <a computer that makes earlier models obsolete>.

Rhymes with VENERABLE

VENERABLENESS Defined for Kids


adjective ven·er·a·ble \ˈve-nə-rə-bəl\

Definition of VENERABLE for Kids

:  deserving to be venerated Hint:Venerable is often used as a religious title.
:  deserving honor or respect


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