Definition of venerable :
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.
2. Rendered sacred by religious or other associations; that should be regarded with awe and treated with reverence; as, the venerable walls of a temple or a church.
callow, noble, imposing, sage, time-honored, lordly, raw, patriarchal, olden, old-time, dignified, time-worn, hoary, serious, timeworn, august, grave, respected, decrepit, honored, grand, age-old, wise, new, old as Methuselah, inexperienced, old as the hills, remote, honourable, honorable, immemorial, senile, philosophical, revered, gray
aged (part of speech: adjective)
old (part of speech: adjective)
- Come in, venerable father; you come among good people." - "Undine", Friedrich de la Motte Fouque.
- A more venerable- looking man it is difficult to conceive, and had he been educated and brought up with his fellow men, he would no doubt have had a mind worthy of his person. - "Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official", William Sleeman.
- As I looked up I saw a venerable, grayhaired man looking down at me. - "Sowing and Reaping", Dwight Moody.