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[ver-i-tuh-buh l] /ˈvɛr ɪ tə bəl/
being truly or very much so:
a veritable triumph.
Obsolete. true, as a statement or tale.
Origin of veritable
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French. See verity, -able
Related forms
veritableness, noun
veritably, adverb
nonveritable, adjective
nonveritableness, noun
nonveritably, adverb
unveritable, adjective
unveritableness, noun
unveritably, adverb
1. real, genuine; utter.
Synonym Study
1. See authentic. Unabridged
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  • According to the gossip of the times, the Queen's favourite seems to have been accounted a veritable Bluebeard.

  • It might easily be mistaken for a toad, though it is a veritable frog.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • In those eczematously inclined, however, it may result in a veritable and persistent form of that disease.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin Henry Weightman Stelwagon
  • The name "thirty birds" belongs rather to Us, who are the veritable Simurgh.

  • All this, from the children's point of view, was genuine war; but to the members of the company it was a veritable picnic.

    Gabriel Tolliver Joel Chandler Harris
British Dictionary definitions for veritable


adjective (prenominal)
(intensifier; usually qualifying a word used metaphorically): he's a veritable swine!
(rare) genuine or true; proper: I require veritable proof
Derived Forms
veritableness, noun
veritably, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from vérité truth; see verity
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Word Origin and History for veritable

late 15c., from Anglo-French and Old French veritable "true," from verité (see verity) + -able. Probably lost mid-17c. and reborrowed or revived after 1830. Related: Veritably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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