commanding respect because of great age or impressive dignity; worthy of veneration or reverence, as because of high office or noble character: a venerable member of Congress.
a title for someone proclaimed by the Roman Catholic Church to have attained the first degree of sanctity or of an Anglican archdeacon.
(of places, buildings, etc.) hallowed by religious, historic, or other lofty associations: the venerable halls of the abbey.
impressive or interesting because of age, antique appearance, etc.: a venerable oak tree.
extremely old or obsolete; ancient: a venerable automobile.
a venerable person.
- ven·er·a·bil·i·ty, ven·er·a·ble·ness, noun
- ven·er·a·bly, adverb
- qua·si-ven·er·a·ble, adjective
- qua·si-ven·er·a·bly, adverb
- un·ven·er·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- un·ven·er·a·ble, adjective
- un·ven·er·a·ble·ness, noun
- un·ven·er·a·bly, adverb
- venerable , vulnerable
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How to use venerable in a sentence
Phonetic, made-up lyrics are another venerable tradition of folk music, and “pa-rum-pa-pa-pum” is iconic of the genre.
Manhattanites are concerned that a decade of Bloombergian rent increases now threatens their venerable dining scene.
We salute a venerable lineage of strong women, big hair, and drama.
Considered a “patriotic food” during World War II, rabbits were raised alongside the venerable victory gardens on the homefront.
There is no notion of San Francisco's tumultuous and venerable gay history.Yes, ‘Looking’ Is Boring. It’s the Drama Gays Deserve. | Tim Teeman | January 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Rouen is interesting for its antiquities, including several venerable and richly adorned Churches which I had no time to visit.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
In summer time its owners and their friends frequently tea within its venerable trunk.
And having embraced the venerable dwarf, he emerged out of the well roaring with laughter.Honey-Bee | Anatole France
A venerable personage appeared, and asked them for whom this road was made.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Everything tending to this end is to him venerable and holy, and it is in this respect alone that he worships the Lingam.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
British Dictionary definitions for venerable
(esp of a person) worthy of reverence on account of great age, religious associations, character, position, etc
(of inanimate objects) hallowed or impressive on account of historical or religious association
ancient: venerable tomes
RC Church a title bestowed on a deceased person when the first stage of his canonization has been accomplished and his holiness has been recognized in a decree of the official Church
Church of England a title given to an archdeacon
- venerability or venerableness, noun
- venerably, adverb
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