rev·​er·​ent ˈrev-rənt How to pronounce reverent (audio)
: expressing or characterized by reverence : worshipful
reverently adverb

Examples of reverent in a Sentence

a reverent crowd of worshippers a reverent tone of voice
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Word History


Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin reverent-, reverens, present participle of reverērī "to stand in awe of, revere entry 1"

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reverent was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Reverent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


rev·​er·​ent ˈrev-(ə-)rənt How to pronounce reverent (audio)
: very respectful : showing reverence
reverently adverb

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