Definition of venerable adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈvenərəbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvenərəbl//
    Old age
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  1. 1(formal) venerable people or things deserve respect because they are old, important, wise, etc. a venerable old man a venerable institution See related entries: Old age
  2. 2 the Venerable… [only before noun] (in the Anglican Church), a title of respect used when talking about an archdeacon the Venerable Martin Roberts
  3. 3 the Venerable… [only before noun] (in the Roman Catholic Church), a title given to a dead person who is very holy but who has not yet been made a saint
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin venerabilis, from the verb venerari.Extra examples The academy is considered a venerable institution. The country has a venerable tradition of hospitality. The president was a venerable old man with white hair and a gracious manner.
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