venery

1
[ ven-uh-ree ]
/ ˈvɛn ə ri /

noun Archaic.

the gratification of sexual desire.

Origin of venery

1
1490–1500; < Latin vener- (stem of venus; see Venus) + -y3; compare Latin venera amours

Definition for venery (2 of 2)

venery

2
[ ven-uh-ree ]
/ ˈvɛn ə ri /

noun Archaic.

the practice or sport of hunting; the chase.

Origin of venery

2
1275–1325; Middle English venerie hunting < Middle French, equivalent to ven(er) to hunt ≪ Latin vēnārī + -erie -ery
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British Dictionary definitions for venery (1 of 2)

venery

1
/ (ˈvɛnərɪ, ˈviː-) /

noun

archaic the pursuit of sexual gratification

Word Origin for venery

C15: from Medieval Latin veneria, from Latin venus love, Venus 1

British Dictionary definitions for venery (2 of 2)

venery

2
/ (ˈvɛnərɪ, ˈviː-) /

noun

the art, sport, lore, or practice of hunting, esp with hounds; the chase

Word Origin for venery

C14: from Old French venerie, from vener to hunt, from Latin vēnārī
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Word Origin and History for venery

venery


n.

"pursuit of sexual pleasure," late 15c., from Medieval Latin veneria "sexual intercourse," from Latin venus (genitive veneris) "sexual love, sexual desire" (see Venus). In earlier use it may have been felt as a play on now obsolete homonym venery "practice or sport of hunting, the chase" (early 14c.), from Old French venerie, from Latin venari "to hunt" (see venison).

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