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venerable

adjective uk   /ˈven.ər.ə.bl̩/ us  
formal deserving respect because of age, high position, or religious or historical importance: a venerable tradition/company/family informal mainly humorous describes something that has been in use, or someone who has been involved in something, for a long time: In recent years there has been a noticeable decline in such venerable British institutions as afternoon tea and the Sunday roast.
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