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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: venerabilis, from venerari; VENERATE

venerable

adjective
     
ven‧e‧ra‧ble
1 [usually before noun] formal a venerable person or thing is respected because of their great age, experience etc - often used humorously:
venerable financial institutions
the venerable guitarist Pat Martino
2

the Venerable ...

a) RRC in the Church of England, the title given to an archdeacon
b) RRC in the Roman Catholic religion, the title given to a dead person who is holy but not yet a saint
c) in the Buddhist religion, the title given to a monk

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