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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sey-buh l]
    • /ˈseɪ bəl/
    • /ˈseɪ.bl̩/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sey-buh l]
    • /ˈseɪ bəl/

Definitions of sable word

  • noun plural sable an Old World weasellike mammal, Mustela zibellina, of cold regions in Eurasia and the North Pacific islands, valued for its dark brown fur. 1
  • noun plural sable a marten, especially Mustela americana. 1
  • noun plural sable the fur of the sable. 1
  • noun plural sable the color black, often being one of the heraldic colors. 1
  • noun plural sable sables, mourning garments. 1
  • adjective sable of the heraldic color sable. 1

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Origin of sable

First appearance:

before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
1275-1325; Middle English < Old French < Middle Low German sabel (compare late Old High German zobel) < Slavic or Baltic; compare Russian sóbol', Lithuanian sàbalas; ulterior origin obscure

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Parts of speech for Sable


sable popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for sable

adj sable

  • adumbral — shadowy
  • bituminous — of the nature of bitumen, esp. with regard to its color and combustibility
  • black — lacking hue and brightness; absorbing light without reflecting any of the rays composing it.
  • charcoal — Charcoal is a black substance obtained by burning wood without much air. It can be burned as a fuel, and small sticks of it are used for drawing with.
  • coaler — a ship, train, etc, used to carry or supply coal

adjective sable

  • atramentous — similar to or as black as ink
  • inklike — Resembling ink.
  • jet — a compact black coal, susceptible of a high polish, used for making beads, jewelry, buttons, etc.
  • jetty — a pier or structure of stones, piles, or the like, projecting into the sea or other body of water to protect a harbor, deflect the current, etc.
  • obsidian — a volcanic glass similar in composition to granite, usually dark but transparent in thin pieces, and having a good conchoidal fracture.

Antonyms for sable

noun sable

  • missable — to fail to hit or strike: to miss a target.

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