Definition of reverend in English:

reverend

adjective

usually Reverend
  • Used as a title or form of address to members of the clergy.

    ‘the Reverend Jesse Jackson’
    • ‘Thanks very much, reverend, but I think I'll stick to my earth-bound Toyota Yaris.’
    • ‘I can almost hear many a reverend pastor's groaning response.’
    • ‘‘Thank you Reverend Mother!’ replied Miri, flushing at the commendation.’
    • ‘And I wanted to tell John Clay before he made my appointment with you, reverend abbot.’
    • ‘The school will be blessed by Right Reverend Mons. Francis V. Lynn P.P. V.G. representing Most Reverend Dr. John Fleming, Bishop of Killala.’
    • ‘This time he was answering questions from attorneys representing people who claim they were sexually abused by reverend Paul Shanley.’
    • ‘Well, reverend, you have definitely put your faith into action.’
    • ‘‘The Reverend Mother has a lot of lines,’ she said.’
    • ‘Now, you would think that the Reverend, being a reverend and all, would have castigated Adam for his unholy alliance with MaryAnn, but he didn't.’
    • ‘You, reverend, you personally are hindering them.’
    • ‘No more scriptures, reverend, and no more discussions about my supposed duties.’
    • ‘Since that seems obvious, though, reverend, what's the point in prolonging the race?’
    • ‘Thank you reverend, and may God continue to bless you.’
    • ‘The reverend Nicolas Morgan, vicar of St George's Church in Lower Brailes, paid tribute to the hard work of villagers.’
    • ‘And there's no doubt that the good Reverend certainly lead by example.’
    • ‘I'm sorry, reverend abbot, I mean no disrespect.’
    • ‘Yes, there's been a little help from the Reverend Al Green but don't hold that against me.’
    • ‘Also, the reverend Jan Lookingbill from Emmanuel Lutheran Church, which Rehnquist attended when he lived in Bethesda, Maryland, will also participate in that service.’
    • ‘Since moving to Jerry Falwell's home turf in Lynchburg, Va., in September, openly gay reverend Mel White and his partner, Gary Nixon, are the social butterflies of the neighborhood.’
    • ‘The addition of two characters to Conan Doyle's original story (the reverend Kerr and his ward Agnes) works well and enhances this diversity.’

noun

informal
  • A member of the clergy.

    • ‘The services will be conducted there by a number of various reverends, including one that Chief Rehnquist was very close to.’
    • ‘The preacher was a popular southern evangelic reverend who was talking about being saved.’
    • ‘It appears this reverend is stepping outside his usual sector.’
    • ‘He describes the conduct of one reverend, Mr. Rigby Hopkins, whom he considers the greatest religious hypocrite.’
    • ‘He was a black Anglican reverend who was gay, but not openly gay, but everyone knows he's gay.’
    • ‘One American reverend has established a group for families of servicemen.’
    • ‘This is the worst thing they could find to say about this gay reverend to attack him?’
    • ‘Recently, Lee-Chin was the guest of a notable Harlem Baptist reverend who told him that natives there were being displaced as a result of the middle classes moving in and the consequent gentrification of Harlem.’
    • ‘All the big men shop here, from reverends to rappers, the Eagles and their rotund coach, a few extra-large Sixers, visiting players and others from the super-wealthy set.’
    • ‘I think what the reverend is talking about is patent nonsense.’

Usage

As a title, Reverend is used for members of the clergy; the traditionally correct form of address is the Reverend James Smith or the Reverend J. Smith, rather than Reverend Smith or simply Reverend. In American usage, however, the article the is commonly not used, even by the devout and reverent. Careful speakers and writers, however, may choose to include the the, in deference to the formerly common and primary use of reverend as an adjective ('worthy of being revered, respected')

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin reverendus person to be revered gerundive of revereri (see revere).

Pronunciation

reverend

/ˈrev(ə)rənd/