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


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

Origin of reverent

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

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Can be confused

reverend 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 Forms

reverently, adverbreverentness, noun

Word Origin for reverent

C14: from Latin reverēns respectful
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