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 venerable (audio) , ˌven-​rə-​ \ noun
venerableness \ ˈve-​nər(-​ə)-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce venerable (audio) , ˈven-​rə-​ \ noun
venerably \ ˈve-​nər(-​ə)-​blē How to pronounce venerable (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 His own history as a teacher was soon launched at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where visiting artist Clyfford Still, the venerable (and voluble) Abstract Expressionist, had a profound impact on his thinking about art. Los Angeles Times, "Roland Reiss dies at 91, leaving a 60-year legacy as L.A. artist and educator," 31 Dec. 2020 What concerns him is the thought that Haier intends to run the venerable appliances manufacturing business like Amazon, where there's a revolving door of workers. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville GE Appliance Park union workers reject contract for the second time," 30 Oct. 2020 Created by venerable wallpaper designer CW Stockwell in 1942 — the same year Howard Hughes purchased six of the Beverly Hills Hotel’s now 23 bungalows — its massive banana leaves have lined the hallways of the Beverly Hills Hotel since 1949. Hannah Walhout, Travel + Leisure, "This New Luggage Collaboration Channels the Old Hollywood Glam of Beverly Hills," 24 Dec. 2020 The lights have dimmed a bit and the numbers are down, but the beat is still going on at this venerable studio run by a mother and daughter team who have introduced legions of children to the grace and athleticism of dance. Carole Carlson,, "Despite pandemic, Gary dance studio doesn’t miss a beat : ‘It’s a hidden gem’," 24 Dec. 2020 Many more are live-streaming Christmas or panto shows online, including venerable venues like the National Theatre and Old Vic. Washington Post, "Britain’s holiday tradition of outrageous pantomime theater has a pandemic plot twist: Drive-in shows," 19 Dec. 2020 Nissan's engineers squeezed 10 more horses and 19 more pound-feet of torque out of Nissan's venerable 5.6-liter V-8, bringing the totals to 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "2021 Nissan Armada Gets a Modern Makeover," 17 Dec. 2020 The upcoming Sundance Film Festival is already set to break ground by becoming the venerable institution’s first ever hybrid virtual edition. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, "Here’s what’s screening at the Sundance Film Festival 2021," 15 Dec. 2020 When Jayson Seidman bought the venerable Columns Hotel on St. Charles Avenue in December 2019, his vision wasn’t to create something new. Beth D'addono,, "Chef Michael Stoltzfus revamps dining at Columns on St. Charles Avenue," 14 Dec. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of venerable

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


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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