A minister is called reverend.
- The definition of reverend is someone who deserves respect and gratitude, such as a member of the clergy.
A minister in the Episcopal church is an example of someone reverend.
- Reverend means a clergy person.
A Presbyterian minister is an example of a reverend.
- worthy of reverence; deserving to be revered: used with the as an honorific epithet for a member of the clergy, prefixed to the first name or initials and last name, and, in very formal use, preceding another title [the Reverend A. B. Smith, the Reverend Dr. Ann B. Smith, the Reverend Mr. Jones]
- of or characteristic of the clergy
Origin of reverendMiddle English from Middle French from Classical Latin reverendus, gerund, gerundive of revereri: see revere
- Deserving reverence.
- Relating to or characteristic of the clergy; clerical.
- Reverend Abbr. Rev. 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.
Origin of reverendMiddle English from Old French from Latin reverendus gerundive of reverērī to revere ; see revere 1.
From Latin future passive participle reverendus, from deponent verb revereri, honor or revere.
- In especially formal usage, often preceded by the definite article and followed by the person's full name, as in "the Reverend John William Smith". Since the title is adjectival in origin, it can also precede other titles, as in "the Reverend Doctor John William Smith".