The definition of venerable is respected or honored, or in the Catholic faith it can also mean someone who is considered holy and who may be considered for sainthood.
An example of venerable is a well respected and admired judge.
- worthy of respect or reverence by reason of age and dignity, character, or position
- impressive on account of age or historic or religious associations: a venerable monument
- Anglican Ch. a title of reverence for an archdeacon
- R.C.Ch. a title of veneration for a dead person who may later be beatified
Origin of venerableMiddle English from Middle French vénérable from Classical Latin venerabilis, to be reverenced from venerari: see venerate
- Commanding respect by virtue of age, dignity, character, or position.
- Worthy of reverence, especially by religious or historical association: venerable relics.
- Venerable Abbr. Ven. or V. a. Roman Catholic Church Used as a title for a person who has reached the first stage of canonization.b. Used as a form of address for an archdeacon in the Anglican Church or the Episcopal Church.
- ven′er·a·ble·ness ven′er·a·bil′i·ty
(comparative more venerable, superlative most venerable)