ver·​i·​ta·​ble | \ ˈver-ə-tə-bəl How to pronounce veritable (audio) \

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

Other Words from veritable

veritableness noun
veritably \ ˈver-​ə-​tə-​blē How to pronounce veritable (audio) \ 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 Adolescent girls are subject to a cascade of simultaneous and often conflicting stressors—a veritable unreasonable bind of elevated expectations. Jessica L. Borelli, Scientific American, 17 June 2022 While obviously the lyrical sentiment contains romantic implications, the veritable love affair is really between McCartney and Lennon, their friendship and creative partnership an enviable match. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 17 June 2022 Now, serious sushi lovers can rejoice — Botero Lounge is now a veritable sushi destination. Kim Westerman, Forbes, 15 June 2022 The Kid Laroi invited some veritable legends of Australian music to join him on stage Sunday, June 12 — and not anyone from AC/DC, not Olivia Newton-John, Keith Urban, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, Kylie Minogue, or Sia. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 13 June 2022 Three hours passed in a veritable instant as a superb lead cast and lavish Lincoln Center Theater production combined in a revival to remember, a thoroughly charming re-telling of the classic directed by Bartlett Sher. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 10 June 2022 So being able to excavate the stern could yield a veritable time capsule of royal possessions and other period artifacts. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 10 June 2022 The assortment of retailers makes up a veritable global marketplace and includes the Japanese home goods at Crane & Turtle, the curated collection of arts and crafts at Adorn Me Africa and the South American foodstuffs at Buenas. Liza Weisstuch, Washington Post, 3 June 2022 Now, on a veritable shoestring, Ukhov has been running a channel that was meant to be dedicated to uncovering corruption but has switched almost entirely to covering the war in Ukraine. Amy Kellogg, Fox News, 3 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of veritable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for veritable

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

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“Veritable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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ver·​i·​ta·​ble | \ ˈver-ə-tə-bəl How to pronounce veritable (audio) \

Kids Definition of veritable

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


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