rev·​er·​end | \ ˈrev-rənd How to pronounce reverend (audio) , ˈre-və-; ˈre-vərnd \

Definition of reverend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : worthy of reverence : revered
2a : of or relating to the clergy
b : being a member of the clergy used as a title the Reverend Mr. Doethe Reverend John Doethe Reverend Mrs. Jane Doe



Definition of reverend (Entry 2 of 2)

: a member of the clergy sometimes used in plural as a title

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Synonyms & Antonyms for reverend

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of reverend in a Sentence

Adjective our reverend elders should be accorded a special place of honor at the ceremonies Noun called their reverend and asked if he could marry them next June
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The maid, Camae, is a pretty young woman and a fan of the reverend. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: King finally reaches the ‘Mountaintop’ in moving filmed play," 29 Apr. 2021 The reverend is the head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Seattle police chief rejects law enforcement appreciation dinner, cites concerns over Graham church's anti-gay ties," 17 Apr. 2021 The aproned reverend sank himself into an old camp chair with a cold soda in hand to recover from a marathon of serving up more than 80 plates of food. Claire Ballor, Dallas News, "‘What heaven looks like:’ New MLK Food Park pop-up a joyful celebration of South Dallas," 14 Apr. 2021 The great reverend making moves on the Queen of Soul? Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "'Genius: Aretha': Onscreen drama, outside intrigue, as a legend comes to life on NatGeo," 18 Mar. 2021 The reverend had been hosting weekly Masses in support of migrants and in opposition to Trump’s border wall. Los Angeles Times, "Surge of migrant families and youths overwhelms Border Patrol in Texas," 16 Mar. 2021 His wife, Sally, is a reverend who blesses our operation out of earshot. Heather E. Goodman, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘We ring in the spring together’: Sharing the secrets of maple sugaring," 22 Feb. 2021 Randy had a close friend, Robert, a more strait-laced gay man who was in his twenties and a reverend. Michael Waters, The New Yorker, "The Untold Story of Queer Foster Families," 28 Feb. 2021 In addition to his ministry, the reverend runs a nursing home. CBS News, "Overcoming COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy," 21 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of reverend


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1608, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reverend


Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin reverendus, gerundive of reverērī "to stand in awe of, revere entry 1"


derivative of reverend entry 1

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The first known use of reverend was in the 15th century

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“Reverend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of reverend

: a priest or minister in the Christian church


rev·​er·​end | \ ˈre-və-rənd How to pronounce reverend (audio) , ˈrev-rənd \

Kids Definition of reverend

1 : worthy of honor and respect
2 used as a title for a member of the clergy the Reverend John Doethe Reverend Jane Doe

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