venerable

adjective
ven·​er·​a·​ble | \ ˈve-nər(-ə)-bəl , 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 , ˌven-​rə-​ \ noun
venerableness \ ˈve-​nər(-​ə)-​bəl-​nəs , ˈven-​rə-​ \ noun
venerably \ ˈve-​nər(-​ə)-​blē , 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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The company also offers luxury train rides, including the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, river cruises in Europe and Asia, and owns the venerable ‘21’ Club restaurant in New York City. Craig Karmin, WSJ, "Owner of Luxury Hotels Is Looking for a Buyer After Years of Spurning Offers," 14 Aug. 2018 But the patchwork rotation that sunk Seattle’s hopes last season wasn’t addressed at all, save re-signing the venerable yet declining Iwakuma. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Can Anybody Catch the Astros? Handing Out AL West Offseason Grades," 14 Mar. 2018 The venerable Arthur Andersen went out of business. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Jeff Skilling and a reminder that white-collar crime doesn’t have to pay," 4 Sep. 2018 Indeed, the Indigo Girls’s show was the fastest sellout since the venerable theater in Beverly reopened in 2014, which no doubt pleased Cabot executive director J. Casey Soward. Sophie Cannon, BostonGlobe.com, "Indigo Girls sell out the Cabot," 17 May 2018 And then, last April, India’s venerable Taj Hotels debuted a sumptuous resort with 50 stand-alone thatch roofed villas, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, at Radhanagar Beach, a swath of sugary sand that often tops rankings of Asia’s best beaches. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 Doctor Who is now in its 11th season since the BBC rebooted the venerable sci-fi series back in 2005. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "BBC America’s long-running hit has a new Doctor and a new groove.," 20 Nov. 2018 From former law clerks to U.S. solicitors general, a bevy of venerable legal minds are prepared to testify in support of Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court justice nominee. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearing witnesses include former law clerks, school shooting survivor: A full list," 7 Sep. 2018 The venerable summer series at the bandshell in Central Park is up and running, and picks up pace with this appearance of Orpheus. David Allen, New York Times, "4 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 21 June 2018

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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

adjective

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 \

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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