veritable

adjective ver·i·ta·ble \ ˈver-ə-tə-bəl \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of veritable

: 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

play \ˈver-ə-tə-blē\ 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.

Origin and Etymology of veritable

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


VERITABLE Defined for English Language Learners

veritable

adjective

Definition of veritable for English Language Learners

  • : true or real


VERITABLE Defined for Kids

veritable

adjective ver·i·ta·ble \ ˈver-ə-tə-bəl \

Definition of veritable for Students

: actual, true Hint: Veritable is often used to emphasize similarity to something else.
  • He is a veritable encyclopedia of facts.


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