[rev-er-uhnd, rev-ruhnd]
(initial capital letter) (used as a title of respect applied or prefixed to the name of a member of the clergy or a religious order): Reverend Timothy Cranshaw; Reverend Mother.
worthy to be revered; entitled to reverence.
pertaining to or characteristic of the clergy.
Informal. a member of the clergy.

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin reverendus worthy of being revered, gerund of reverērī to revere1

reverendship, noun

reverend, reverent. Unabridged
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reverend (ˈrɛvərənd)
1.  worthy of reverence
2.  relating to or designating a clergyman or the clergy
3.  informal a clergyman
[C15: from Latin reverendus fit to be revered; see revere]

Reverend (ˈrɛvərənd)
Very Reverend Right Reverend See also Most Reverend Rev., Abbreviations: Revd a title of respect for a clergyman
usage  Reverend with a surname alone (Reverend Smith), as a term of address (``Yes, Reverend''), or in the salutation of a letter (Dear Rev. Mr Smith) are all generally considered to be wrong usage. Preferred are (the) Reverend John Smith or Reverend Mr Smith and Dear Mr Smith

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Word Origin & History

1428, "worthy of respect," from M.Fr. reverend, from L. reverendus "(he who is) to be respected," gerundive of revereri (see reverence). As a form of address for clergymen, it is attested from 1485; earlier reverent (c.1380 in this sense). Abbreviation Rev. is attested
from 1721, earlier Revd. (1693). Very Reverend is used of deans, Right Reverend of bishops, Most Reverend of archbishops.
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