Definition of venerable
1a : 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-noddingb : impressive by reason of age under venerable pines
2 : 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
3 : made sacred especially by religious or historical association
venerabilityplay \ˌve-nə-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌven-rə-\ noun
venerablenessplay \ˈve-nər(-ə)-bəl-nəs, ˈven-rə-\ noun
venerablyplay \ˈve-nər(-ə)-blē, ˈven-rə-\ adverb
Examples of venerable in a Sentence
[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
Under her stewardship, the onetime boardinghouse came to be heralded as the South's most venerable family restaurant, a reliquary of old-fashioned cooking—collard greens enriched with fatback, creamed corn straight from the cob, fried chicken with a pepper-flecked crust—where the tables groaned beneath the weight of a quintessential midday repast, and history stood still on the plate for all to admire. —John T. Edge, Gourmet, January 2003
The lower the P/E, as a rough rule of thumb, the cheaper the stock. Though this guide to value has lots of exceptions, it remains a venerable market benchmark. —Jonathan Weil, Wall Street Journal, 21 Aug. 2001
I then descended to the Courts of justice, over which the judges, those venerable sages and interpreters of the law, presided, for determining the disputed rights and properties of men, as well as for the punishment of vice, and protection of innocence. —Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels, 1726
the venerable old man was a cherished source of advice and wisdom for the villagers
a venerable tradition that colleges have been maintaining for centuries
Recent Examples of venerable from the Web
Sac State’s hot bats cooled, and so did its venerable ace, and that allowed Stanford to pounce and prevail.
More patios ▪ Angell’s Bar and Grill Renato, 999 W. Main St., Boise, 342-4900: This venerable Boise restaurant has one of the best patios in Downtown.
The venerable Warriors won the 5A championship in 1993.
The venerable hatmaker, which has produced just about every style over its long history, from trilbies and pork pies to bowlers and berets, is no stranger to adversity.
Executives at the home of TV’s most famous stopwatch have obviously taken note that Kelly, who signed with NBC in January after 12 years at Fox News, is providing the venerable program its first high-profile competition in a while.
The influence of the venerable summer event stretches far beyond Milwaukee's borders.
Foyt has been a presence since the 1950s, winning four times before becoming a team owner, and Penske has been coming since the ’60s, reaching victory lane 16 times with his venerable team.
The venerable B-52 strategic bomber no longer carries thermonuclear bombs.
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Origin and Etymology of venerable
Synonym Discussion of venerable
VENERABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of venerable for English Language Learners
: old and respected : valued and respected because of old age, long use, etc.
VENERABLE Defined for Kids
Definition of venerable for Students
1 : deserving to be venerated Hint: Venerable is often used as a religious title.
2 : deserving honor or respect
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