from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Commanding respect by virtue of age, dignity, character, or position.
- adj. Worthy of reverence, especially by religious or historical association: venerable relics.
- adj. Roman Catholic Church Used as a form of address for a person who has reached the first stage of canonization.
- adj. Used as a form of address for an archdeacon in the Anglican Church or the Episcopal Church.
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- adj. commanding respect because of age, dignity, character or position
- adj. worthy of reverence
- adj. ancient, antiquated or archaic
- adj. Used as a form of address for an archdeacon in the Anglican Church
- adj. Used as a form of address in the Roman Catholic Church for someone in the first stages of sainthood
- adj. Used as a form of address in the Eastern Orthodox Church for some saints
- adj. made sacred especially by religious or historical association
- adj. a : calling forth respect through age, character, and attainments; broadly : conveying an impression of aged goodness and benevolence b : impressive by reason of age
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Capable of being venerated; worthy of veneration or reverence; deserving of honor and respect; -- generally implying an advanced age.
- adj. Rendered sacred by religious or other associations; that should be regarded with awe and treated with reverence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Worthy of veneration or reverence; deserving honor and respect, particularly with a suggestion of age or dignity: as, a venerable magistrate; a venerable scholar. In the Anglican Church, specifically applied to archdeacons.
- Hallowed by religious, historic, or other lofty associations; to be regarded with reverence: as, the venerable precincts of a temple.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. profoundly honored
- adj. impressive by reason of age
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