reverend

[ rev-er-uhnd, rev-ruhnd ]
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adjective
  1. (initial capital letter) (used as a title of respect applied or prefixed to the name of a member of the clergy or a religious order): Reverend Timothy Cranshaw; Reverend Mother.

  2. worthy to be revered; entitled to reverence.

  1. pertaining to or characteristic of the clergy.

noun
  1. Informal. a member of the clergy.

Origin of reverend

1
1400–50; late Middle English <Latin reverendus worthy of being revered, gerund of reverērī to revere1

Other words from reverend

  • rev·er·end·ship, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for reverend (1 of 2)

reverend

/ (ˈrɛvərənd) /


adjective
  1. worthy of reverence

  2. relating to or designating a clergyman or the clergy

noun
  1. informal a clergyman

Origin of reverend

1
C15: from Latin reverendus fit to be revered; see revere

British Dictionary definitions for Reverend (2 of 2)

Reverend

/ (ˈrɛvərənd) /


adjective
  1. a title of respect for a clergyman: Abbreviations: Rev., Revd See also Very Reverend, Right Reverend, Most Reverend

usage For Reverend

Reverend with a surname alone (Reverend Smith), as a term of address (``Yes, Reverend''), or in the salutation of a letter (Dear Rev. Mr Smith) are all generally considered to be wrong usage. Preferred are (the) Reverend John Smith or Reverend Mr Smith and Dear Mr Smith

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