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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Deserving reverence.
  • adj. Relating to or characteristic of the clergy; clerical.
  • adj. Used as a title and form of address for certain clerics in many Christian churches. In formal usage, preceded by the: the Reverend Jane Doe; Reverend John Jones.
  • n. Informal A cleric or minister. Used with the.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. worthy of reverence or respect
  • n. a member of the Christian clergy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Worthy of reverence; entitled to respect mingled with fear and affection; venerable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Worthy to be revered; worthy of reverence; entitled to veneration, esteem, or respect, by reason of one's character or sacred office, as a minister of religion; especially, deserving of respect or consideration on account of age; venerable.
  • Specifically, a title of respect given to clergymen or ecclesiastics: as, Reverend (or the Reverend) John Smith.
  • Of or pertaining to ecclesiastics, or to the clerical office or profession.
  • Reverent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. worthy of adoration or reverence
  • n. a title of respect for a clergyman
  • n. a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin reverendus, gerundive of reverērī, to revere; see revere1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin future passive participle reverendus, from deponent verb revereri, honor or revere. (Wiktionary)

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