noun sa·ble \ˈsā-bəl\

: a small animal that lives in northern Asia and has soft, brown fur

: the fur of the sable

plural sables

Full Definition of SABLE

a :  the color black
b :  black clothing worn in mourning —usually used in plural
a or plural sable (1) :  a carnivorous mammal (Martes zibellina) of the weasel family that occurs chiefly in northern Asia (2) :  any of various animals related to the sable
b :  the fur or pelt of a sable
:  the usually dark brown color of the fur of the sable

Examples of SABLE

  1. a brush made of sable

Origin of SABLE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Middle Low German sabel sable or its fur, from Middle High German zobel, of Slavic origin; akin to Russian sobol' sable or its fur
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, stoat, ungulate, vole

Rhymes with SABLE



Definition of SABLE

:  of the color black
:  dark, gloomy

First Known Use of SABLE

15th century

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SABLE[1] Defined for Kids


noun sa·ble \ˈsā-bəl\

Definition of SABLE for Kids

:  the color black
:  a meat-eating animal of northern Europe and Asia that is related to the weasel and has soft brown fur


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