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)