[ vuh-neer-ee-uh l ]
/ vəˈnɪər i əl /


arising from, connected with, or transmitted through sexual intercourse, as an infection.
pertaining to conditions so arising.
infected with or suffering from a sexually transmitted disease: a venereal patient.
adapted to the cure of such disease: a venereal remedy.
of or relating to sexual desire or intercourse.
serving or tending to excite sexual desire; aphrodisiac.

Nearby words

  1. vener,
  2. venera,
  3. venerable,
  4. venerate,
  5. veneration,
  6. venereal bubo,
  7. venereal disease,
  8. venereal diseases,
  9. venereal lymphogranuloma,
  10. venereal ulcer

Origin of venereal

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin venere(us) of sexual love (vener-, stem of venus sexual charm (see Venus) + -eus adj. suffix) + -al1

Related formsnon·ve·ne·re·al, adjectivepost·ve·ne·re·al, adjectiveun·ve·ne·re·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for venereal


/ (vɪˈnɪərɪəl) /


of, relating to, or infected with venereal disease
(of a disease) transmitted by sexual intercourse
of, relating to, or involving the genitals
of or relating to sexual intercourse or erotic desire; aphrodisiac

Word Origin for venereal

C15: from Latin venereus concerning sexual love, from venus sexual love, from Venus 1

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Word Origin and History for venereal



early 15c., "of or pertaining to sexual desire or intercourse," from Latin venereus, from venus (genitive veneris) "sexual love, sexual desire" (see Venus). Used of sexually transmitted diseases from 1650s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for venereal


[ və-nîrē-əl ]


Transmitted by sexual intercourse.
Of or relating to a sexually transmitted disease.
Of or relating to sexual intercourse.
Of or relating to the genitals.

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