Definition of venerable
- a venerable jazz musician
- encouraged by the venerable doctor's head-nodding
- under venerable pines
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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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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to lessen the seriousness or strength of
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