1. Deserving reverence.
2. Relating to or characteristic of the clergy; clerical.
3. Reverend Abbr. Rev. Used as a title and form of address for certain clerics in many Christian churches. In formal usage, preceded by the: the Reverend Jane Doe; Reverend John Jones.
A cleric or minister. Used with the.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin reverendus, gerundive of reverērī, to revere; see REVERE1.]
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