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

hallowed, revered, sacred, venerable, venerated

Synonyms: Noun

clergyperson, cleric, clerical, clerk, deacon, divine, dominie, ecclesiastic, minister, preacher, priest

Antonyms: Noun

layman, layperson, secular

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Examples of reverend in a Sentence


our reverend elders should be accorded a special place of honor at the ceremonies


called their reverend and asked if he could marry them next June

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In 1895, a group of African-American residents — including a few reverends — converted the park to a burial site and named it for Frederick Douglass, though there is no evidence Douglass knew about or visited the cemetery, according to Burch. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "A Virginia teen saw a historic black cemetery in disrepair. He recruited his fellow Boy Scouts to restore it.," 15 Aug. 2019 The Meters continued to tour and record until 1977, when Neville, his three brothers — Aaron, Charles and Cyril — and their reverend uncle, George Landry, came together to work on an album entitled Wild Tchoupitoulas. Brianne Tracy,, "New Orleans Funk Legend and The Meters Singer Art Neville Dies at 81," 22 July 2019 Dighton Rock first entered recorded history in 1680 when local reverend John Danforth made a drawing of a portion of its carvings—that drawing can be seen in The Royal Society's online picture library. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Eight Spots in the United States Where You Can See Petroglyphs," 18 July 2019 Katie and Tylee didn’t see each other before the ceremony, which was officiated by the church’s reverend. Meredith Heuer, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katie Ermilio & Tylee Abbott's Wedding Turned Pennsylvania into the English Countryside—on a Horse Farm," 29 Apr. 2019 TVLine reports that Stan Shaw, Kristoff’s friend and co-star from Roots: The Next Generation, will appear as the reverend. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Here’s How ‘The Young and the Restless’ Will Pay Tribute to Kristoff St. John on the Show," 16 Apr. 2019 What does Joe Lieberman make of what the good reverend just said, of what Ron Paul has been saying, and what everyone seems to be saying in between, about a royal battle to come, of course, from Rand Paul and others? Fox News, "Sen. Rand Paul: Supreme Court vote will be divided along party lines," 28 June 2018 Neither of the two reverends to whom the letter was addressed returned messages seeking comment Tuesday. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, "Group of Methodists signs letter charging Sessions with ‘child abuse,’ ‘immorality’ and ‘racial discrimination’," 19 June 2018 With the Poor People’s Campaign, Barber, along with Liz Theoharis—who is also a reverend, and director of an anti-poverty organization called the Kairos Center—are pushing a comprehensive set of legislative demands onto state governments. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "The Prosperity Plea," 30 May 2018

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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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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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to make a temporary encampment

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