venerable

adjective
ven·​er·​a·​ble | \ ˈve-nər(-ə)-bəl How to pronounce venerable (audio) , ˈven-rə-bəl \

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-nodding
b : 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

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Other Words from venerable

venerability \ ˌve-​nə-​rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce venerability (audio) , ˌven-​rə-​ \ noun
venerableness \ ˈve-​nər(-​ə)-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce venerableness (audio) , ˈven-​rə-​ \ noun
venerably \ ˈve-​nər(-​ə)-​blē How to pronounce venerably (audio) , ˈven-​rə-​ \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for venerable

old, ancient, venerable, antique, antiquated, archaic, obsolete mean having come into existence or use in the more or less distant past. old may apply to either actual or merely relative length of existence. old houses an old sweater of mine ancient applies to occurrence, existence, or use in or survival from the distant past. ancient accounts of dragons venerable stresses the impressiveness and dignity of great age. the family's venerable patriarch antique applies to what has come down from a former or ancient time. collected antique Chippendale furniture antiquated implies being discredited or outmoded or otherwise inappropriate to the present time. antiquated teaching methods archaic implies having the character or characteristics of a much earlier time. the play used archaic language to convey a sense of period obsolete may apply to something regarded as no longer acceptable or useful even though it is still in existence. a computer that makes earlier models obsolete

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
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Recent Examples on the Web As old-school as that trick may sound in an age where gigabytes of digital contraband flow freely around the internet, Peng's case shows that the venerable dead drop remains a very viable tool of the spy trade. Wired, "Hacker Lexicon: What Is a Dead Drop?," 29 Nov. 2019 For all its fart jokes and sight gags, The Good Place belongs to a venerable philosophical and theological tradition. Matthew Robert Anderson, Quartzy, "“The Good Place” taps into our hunger for second chances and redemption," 27 Nov. 2019 Come see Minneapolis’ venerable comedy theater take on the polar vortex, aggressively enthusiastic Salvation Army bell ringers, Aunt Marge’s fruitcake and assorted other holiday traditions. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Holiday Arts Guide 2019: Deck the stages with shows of the season," 24 Nov. 2019 Without landmark protection, the venerable structure was left vulnerable to the tender mercies of the New York real estate market. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, "Restoring Brooklyn’s Queen of Department Stores," 22 Nov. 2019 His hair was cropped shorter than the old days, but showed no signs of age, unlike his beard, which was a venerable white. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Rufus Wainwright acknowledges time, defies time at Heights Theater," 22 Nov. 2019 The venerable rapper and ‘00s crunk kingpin had gotten involved with the song in 2013, when a then-largely-unknown French producer named DJ Snake got in touch, requesting Lil Jon lay vocals over Snake’s sinewy beat. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Songs That Defined the Decade: DJ Snake & Lil Jon's 'Turn Down For What'," 21 Nov. 2019 The toy company announced on Monday that the venerable author will be celebrated with two Pop! Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Stephen King Is Now a Funko Figure — and He Looks Like He Came Right Out of One of His Novels," 19 Nov. 2019 This month, a venerable organization, For Human Rights was also ordered to disband. Author: Will Englund, Anchorage Daily News, "Russian group that spoke up for native people in the Far North is closed over a paperwork error," 17 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of venerable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for venerable

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin venerābilis "entitled to respect," from venerārī "to solicit the good will of (a deity), hold in awe, venerate" + -bilis "capable of (acting or being acted upon)" — more at -able

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“Venerable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/venerable. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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venerable

adjective
How to pronounce venerable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of venerable

formal : old and respected : valued and respected because of old age, long use, etc.

venerable

adjective
ven·​er·​a·​ble | \ ˈve-nə-rə-bəl How to pronounce venerable (audio) \

Kids Definition of venerable

1 : deserving to be venerated
Hint: Venerable is often used as a religious title.
2 : deserving honor or respect

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