Definition of reverend in US English:

reverend

adjective

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

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

noun

informal
  • A member of the clergy.

    • ‘My appeal to all pastors, bishops, reverends and other church leaders, is that they should not sell their birthright to any organisation for the sake of money.’
    • ‘One American reverend has established a group for families of servicemen.’
    • ‘‘I was actually ordained a reverend on the Universal Ministries website from Illinois, the same one that Robbie Williams used to be ordained,’ she told the Diary.’
    • ‘I love all the great ministers, the great reverends, the great rabbis, the great imams, though as I said, I personally have a problem with organized religion.’
    • ‘I know that my father, the reverend of Bishopdale, would certainly like me to pass on his regards, too.’
    • ‘All the thousands of priests, reverends, parsons, ministers, etc. that make a living from talking about their god, claim that giving money to them will ‘help’ their god.’
    • ‘I think what the reverend is talking about is patent nonsense.’
    • ‘The services will be conducted there by a number of various reverends, including one that Chief Rehnquist was very close to.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When I was nineteen years old, I parted from the church even though my father was the reverend.’
    • ‘Academics from US Ivy League universities have written to protest, along with rabbis, pastors, reverends and mullahs as well as the International Young Christian Workers' movement.’
    • ‘It appears this reverend is stepping outside his usual sector.’
    • ‘He was a black Anglican reverend who was gay, but not openly gay, but everyone knows he's gay.’
    • ‘‘We've never had a case where a reverend or a pastor had committed murder,’ said Matt Bingham, chief felony prosecutor for Smith County.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is the worst thing they could find to say about this gay reverend to attack him?’
    • ‘Speaking of finding a silver lining, it always seems like chaplains, reverends, ministers, bishops, they always try to find the positive in any type of disaster.’
    • ‘He describes the conduct of one reverend, Mr. Rigby Hopkins, whom he considers the greatest religious hypocrite.’
    • ‘The preacher was a popular southern evangelic reverend who was talking about being saved.’
    • ‘A general parish meeting could be a fountain of fine ideas and not at all as vexing as some of the reverends might shudder to contemplate.’

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//ˈrɛv(ə)rənd/