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

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Other Words from veritable

veritableness noun
veritably \ ˈver-​ə-​tə-​blē How to pronounce veritably (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.

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The first Monday in May (aka the Met Gala) is a veritable institution of beauty inspiration. Teen Vogue, "The Best Met Gala Beauty Looks of All Time," 3 May 2019 Their quest, however, faces stiff opposition from IOI, a corporate entity overseen by Sorrento (Mendelsohn), which employs a veritable army of gamers assigned to decipher the clues before Wade and company can beat them to it. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Ready Player One' loads imaginative mash-up from Steven Spielberg," 29 Mar. 2018 If the plethora of activity in Chicago alone is any indication, the field is experiencing a veritable golden age of new American chamber operas. John Von Rhein,, "Chicago Opera Theater's 'Elizabeth Cree' is a bloody good show," 11 Feb. 2018 Packing in a 12-watt charger would be an easier lift, but one that would still render veritable mountains of 5-watt chargers that doubtlessly already exist basically useless. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Why the iPhone Won't Dump Lightning for USB-C Even Though the iPad Pro Did," 11 Feb. 2019 The series has become a veritable viral phenomenon, with its first 10-episode season being extended by an additional 13 episodes airing this winter. Mariano Vivanco; Styled By Simon Robins, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New American Dynasty," 3 Dec. 2018 The rooms are a colorful maze full of children’s artwork, artifacts collected during family travels, and a veritable library of surfboards, given the household is just 100 meters from the beach. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Nusa Indah’s Covetable Custom Surfboards Bring Art to the Ocean," 3 Aug. 2018 Among the ramifications: •Without Cousins, a veritable force of nature averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists (more than point guards Kyrie Irving, Ricky Rubio and Goran Dragic, among others), the playoffs seem a very distant goal. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Cousins’ injury a multi-layered mess," 27 Jan. 2018 Now, the rover’s pulled together a veritable feast. Amina Khan,, "Curiosity rover's findings on Mars' organic molecules offer tantalizing clues in the search for life on the planet," 8 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of veritable

formal : true or real


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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