ver·​i·​ta·​ble ˈver-ə-tə-bəl How to pronounce veritable (audio)
: being in fact the thing named and not false, unreal, or imaginary
often used to stress the aptness of a metaphor
a veritable mountain of references
veritableness noun
veritably adverb

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Veritable, like its close relative verity ("truth"), came to English through Anglo-French from Latin. It is ultimately derived from verus, the Latin word for "true," which also gave us verify, aver, and verdict. Veritable is often used as a synonym of genuine or authentic ("a veritable masterpiece"), but it is also frequently used to stress the aptness of a metaphor, often in a humorous tone ("a veritable swarm of lawyers"). In the past, usage commentators have objected to the latter use, but today it doesn't draw much criticism.

Examples of veritable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cafe Tu Tu Tango: This is a veritable artists’ colony of good eating, stuff to please both the palette and the palate. Miami Herald Archives, Miami Herald, 8 Feb. 2024 Welcome to Pensacola, a Florida city like no other, where the sugary-white beach shares turf with roaring Blue Angels aircraft, the oldest settlement in America, and a veritable gumbo of Southern flavors. Staff Author Published, Travel + Leisure, 5 Feb. 2024 Don’t be alarmed if your discharge is a veritable rainbow after. Mara Santilli, SELF, 26 Jan. 2024 Here was a veritable smorgasbord of fashion, and I was famished. Joy Montgomery, Vogue, 23 Jan. 2024 From $554 The Hoxton Vienna (Austria) What started out as a single hotel in London’s trendy Hoxton district has mushroomed into a veritable empire of properties in 11 major cities around the world – and the 12th, Vienna, will be graced with a Hoxton in March. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 5 Jan. 2024 Michael Fassbender is a two-time Academy Award nominee who trained at the Drama Centre London before touring with the Oxford Stage Company; he’s performed Chekov and Shakespeare and worked a veritable who’s who of greatest living directors. Jenelle Riley, Variety, 16 Nov. 2023 The guy is shown with virtually no shoulders, his sloping, triangular black jacket transforming his body into a veritable mountain, with the Marqués’ wispy smallish head perched like a cherry atop a hot fudge sundae. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2023 Artist Lina Sun Park, a pioneer in the bow field, weaves ribbon into baked goods and cheese—her new book, A Mouse in Her House, is a veritable bow-nanza. Jocelyn Silver, Vogue, 20 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English, "reliable, honest, true, factual," borrowed from Anglo-French (continental Old French, "real, true"), from verité "truth, verity" + -able -able

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of veritable was in the 15th century


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“Veritable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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ver·​i·​ta·​ble ˈver-ət-ə-bəl How to pronounce veritable (audio)
: actual, true
often used to stress the appropriateness of a metaphor
a veritable mountain of papers
veritably adverb
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