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 titlethe 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 Loud sobbing reported from under reverend Bayes' grave stone. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Experts demolish studies suggesting COVID-19 is no worse than flu," 24 Apr. 2020 The reverend speaks: No surprise here, but Giants outfielder Hunter Pence had some inspirational words on enduring the coronavirus crisis. Henry Schulman,, "Giants Splash: History suggests fans will give team a break, for 5 minutes," 25 Mar. 2020 But von Sydow brings a fascinating earnestness to the role of a stiff reverend who volunteers for this important religious endeavor, but needs to find someone to marry first. Scott Tobias, New York Times, "Max von Sydow: Where to Stream 13 of His Best Movies," 9 Mar. 2020 And then there is Grove as Betty, Abigail’s cousin and daughter of the formidable reverend. Patti Restivo,, "Laurel Mill Playhouse’s bewitching tale of hysteria in ‘Afflicted: Daughters of Salem’," 1 Nov. 2019 On Sunday morning, the Sanders campaign unveiled Jackson's endorsement, and the reverend joined Sanders at a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "AOC draws parallels between Jesse Jackson and Bernie Sanders in Michigan," 8 Mar. 2020 As a renowned reverend, King’s final lesson from Ghana was God’s support for the fight of the oppressed. Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu, Quartz Africa, "The trip to newly independent Ghana that inspired an iconic Martin Luther King sermon," 5 Mar. 2020 Authorities arrested the reverend on Monday on unrelated charges. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "How religion is playing a role in the spread of coronavirus in Korea," 26 Feb. 2020 This was the second challenge to the license by the group, which includes three reverends, two rabbis and retired judges. Clarence Williams, Washington Post, "Challenge to Trump hotel’s liquor license struck down in D.C.," 25 Sep. 2019

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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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“Reverend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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 clergythe Reverend John Doethe Reverend Jane Doe

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