: 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
: impressive by reason of age
under venerable pines
: 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
[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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web Somewhere at venerable Colonial Country Club there should be a giant digital clock counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds. —Mark Kazlowski, Dallas News, 12 May 2023 Halperin and Aswad relocated to Variety in 2017, relaunching the venerable entertainment news brand into music coverage after a nearly decade-long break. —William Earl, Variety, 9 May 2023 The venerable movie studio takes a look back in this new docuseries. —Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2023 But then the wily and venerable Wainwright managed to shut the door, reaching deep into his bag of tricks to allow only a single run to score. —Jamie Kitman, Car and Driver, 1 Apr. 2023 Ed Sheeran goes deep: New album will confront his 'darkest thoughts' The closing location makes sense for the venerable rockers, who burst out of New York City 50 years ago. —Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2023 Named in honor of the venerable performance space in Houston, the music series will feature and honor Solange’s predecessors and peers across genres, platforms, and generations. —Vulture, 17 Feb. 2023 Since September of 2021, the maison and the venerable fabric store have been working together in search of more responsible ways of operating. —Giorgia Feroldi, Vogue, 14 Dec. 2022 The Machine has been performing the music of Pink Floyd live since the late 1980s and has played such venerable Connecticut rock venues as the Oakdale, Ridgefield Playhouse and (as the headliner for the venue’s grand opening) College Street Music Hall. —Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 20 Nov. 2022 See More
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