- (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.
- worthy to be revered; entitled to reverence.
- pertaining to or characteristic of the clergy.
- Informal. a member of the clergy.
Origin of reverend
Related Words for reverendclergy, clergyman, clerical, minister, monsignor, parson, priest, divine, holy, sacred, venerable
Examples from the Web for reverend
Contemporary Examples of reverend
For Paul, the thrill of breakfast with the Reverend, may be giving way to the taste of burnt toast.GOP Won’t Forgive Rand for Cop Critique
December 23, 2014
This week the Church of England named the Reverend Libby Lane as its first female bishop.First Anglican Woman Bishop A Return to Christian Roots
December 18, 2014
Percy Heath, a merry fellow, specialized in leading the Reverend Professor Doctor astray and had a lot of fun with him.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
As Sharpton now visited Tupac in prison, the rapper told him that his jailhouse friend was not a big fan of the reverend.Tupac Shakur’s Race-Killer Prison Pal Talks
July 29, 2014
One of the heroes calls Christianity a 'fairy tale'—and one of the villains is a reverend.‘True Detective’s’ Godless Universe: Is the HBO Show Anti-Christian?
March 6, 2014
Historical Examples of reverend
But every body else was there, so we did not miss these grave and reverend seigniors.
The Reverend Cecil had not the habit of shirking any duty because he happened to dislike it.
"I hope I shall have strength given me to do my duty," said the Reverend Cecil.
The Reverend Farouche, therefore, holds a secret conference with her father.The Book of Khalid
It was his fellow-curate, the Reverend Golightly, who was still waiting to deliver his message.The Christian
- worthy of reverence
- relating to or designating a clergyman or the clergy
- informal a clergyman
Word Origin for reverend
early 15c., "worthy of respect," from Middle French reverend, from Latin reverendus "(he who is) to be respected," gerundive of revereri (see reverence). As a form of address for clergymen, it is attested from late 15c.; earlier reverent (late 14c. in this sense). Abbreviation Rev. is attested from 1721, earlier Revd. (1690s). Very Reverend is used of deans, Right Reverend of bishops, Most Reverend of archbishops.
"clergyman," c.1500, from reverend (adj.).