no·​ta·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌnō-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce notability (audio) \
plural notabilities

Definition of notability

: a notable or prominent person

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Examples of notability in a Sentence

an opening night that was attended by some of Broadway's biggest notabilities
Recent Examples on the Web The notability trap has become a topic of controversy outside of politics, too. Benjamin Wofford, Wired, "The Senate Race That Could be Pivotal for America—and Wikipedia," 2 Nov. 2020 The argument for this high notability bar wasn’t entirely without merit. Benjamin Wofford, Wired, "The Senate Race That Could be Pivotal for America—and Wikipedia," 2 Nov. 2020 When deciding which subjects to write about, Reavis and her students look at Wikipedia’s notability requirements. Kate Jacobson, Fortune, "Filling in the gender gap on Wikipedia," 11 Mar. 2020 Hiltz’s success has not only increased her notability in the running world but also within the LBGTQ community. Jenna West,, "Nikki Hiltz Arrives As Team USA's Next Outspoken Star On and Off the Track," 26 Sep. 2019 While the ice cream man who repeatedly tricked his customer is gaining attention for his comedy skills, the man purchasing dessert is also gaining some notability, too. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Refreshingly Funny Ice Cream Man's Prank Video Is a Delicious Summer Treat," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of notability

1832, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of notability was in 1832

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20 Nov 2020

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“Notability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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