reverend

[ rev-er-uh nd, rev-ruh nd ]
/ ˈrɛv ər ənd, ˈrɛv rənd /

adjective

(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.

noun

Informal. a member of the clergy.

Origin of reverend

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

Related forms

rev·er·end·ship, noun

Can be confused

reverend reverent
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reverend

British Dictionary definitions for reverend (1 of 2)

reverend

/ (ˈrɛvərənd) /

adjective

worthy of reverence
relating to or designating a clergyman or the clergy

noun

informal a clergyman

Word Origin for reverend

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

British Dictionary definitions for reverend (2 of 2)

Reverend

/ (ˈrɛvərənd) /

adjective

a title of respect for a clergymanAbbreviations: Rev., Revd See also Very Reverend, Right Reverend, Most Reverend

usage

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012