[ rev-er-uh nt, rev-ruh nt ]
/ ˈrɛv ər ənt, ˈrɛv rənt /


feeling, exhibiting, or characterized by reverence; deeply respectful: a reverent greeting.

Nearby words

  1. revere,
  2. revere, paul,
  3. reverence,
  4. reverend,
  5. reverend mother,
  6. reverential,
  7. reverentially,
  8. reverently,
  9. reverie,
  10. revers

Origin of reverent

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin reverent- (stem of reverēns), present participle of reverērī to revere1; see -ent

Related forms
Can be confusedreverend reverent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for reverent


/ (ˈrɛvərənt, ˈrɛvrənt) /


feeling, expressing, or characterized by reverence
Derived Formsreverently, adverbreverentness, noun

Word Origin for reverent

C14: from Latin reverēns respectful

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Word Origin and History for reverent



late 14c., "reverend;" late 15c., "characterized by reverence, deeply respectful," from Old French reverent and directly from Latin reverentem (nominative reverens), present participle of revereri (see reverence). The sense of "reverend" was common 14c. through 17c. Related: Reverently.

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