- commanding respect because of great age or impressive dignity; worthy of veneration or reverence, as because of high office or noble character: a venerable member of Congress.
- a title for someone proclaimed by the Roman Catholic Church to have attained the first degree of sanctity or of an Anglican archdeacon.
- (of places, buildings, etc.) hallowed by religious, historic, or other lofty associations: the venerable halls of the abbey.
- impressive or interesting because of age, antique appearance, etc.: a venerable oak tree.
- extremely old or obsolete; ancient: a venerable automobile.
- a venerable person.
Origin of venerable
Examples from the Web for venerable
Manhattanites are concerned that a decade of Bloombergian rent increases now threatens their venerable dining scene.High Rents Are Killing the Restaurant Capital
October 28, 2014
We salute a venerable lineage of strong women, big hair, and drama.Ariana Grande, This Is How to Be a Diva
October 21, 2014
Considered a “patriotic food” during World War II, rabbits were raised alongside the venerable victory gardens on the homefront.Whole Foods Wants to Feed You Cute, Furry Bunnies
August 19, 2014
There is no notion of San Francisco's tumultuous and venerable gay history.Yes, ‘Looking’ Is Boring. It’s the Drama Gays Deserve.
January 24, 2014
He attended the venerable Courtauld Institute, and decided to shake it up by showing the art being made by the then-unnamed YBAs.Joshua Compston Was Once the Wunderkind of the British Art World…and Now He’s Been Practically Forgotten
January 17, 2014
The venerable Persian gazed at her for an instant, and then clasped her to his bosom.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
It is a venerable chestnut, and known as "the father of the forest."The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
It was sacrilege to think of changing such old, venerable things.The Dream
Venerable's not a nice word to use about anything except a cathedral.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
How have some of these venerable women gone about doing good!Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
- (esp of a person) worthy of reverence on account of great age, religious associations, character, position, etc
- (of inanimate objects) hallowed or impressive on account of historical or religious association
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- RC Church a title bestowed on a deceased person when the first stage of his canonization has been accomplished and his holiness has been recognized in a decree of the official Church
- Church of England a title given to an archdeacon
Word Origin and History for venerable
early 15c., from Latin venerabilis, from venerari "to worship, revere" (see veneration). As a title, used in reference to ecclesiastics or those who had obtained the first degree of canonization.