1. Capable of being venerated; worthy of veneration or reverence; deserving of honor and respect; generally implying an advanced age; as, a venerable magistrate; a venerable parent. He was a man of eternal self-sacrifice, and that is always venerable. (De Quincey) Venerable men! you have come down to us from a former generation. (D. Webster)
This word is employed in the Church of England as a title for an archdeacon. In the roman Catholic Church, venerable is applied to those who have attained to the lowest of the three recognised degrees of sanctity, but are not among the beatified, nor the canonised. Venerableness, Venerably.
Origin: L. Venerabilis: cf. F. Venerable.