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

Examples of notability in a Sentence

an opening night that was attended by some of Broadway's biggest notabilities
Recent Examples on the Web Eventually, Coffman appeals to the broader Wikipedia community to decide who is right about the notability of these medal winners. Noam Cohen, Wired, 7 Sep. 2021 Artists also stand out with respect to cultural memory, while no notability type stands out with respect to communicative memory. Alex Zhavoronkov, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Suddenly, nerds of notability were being immortalized in the pages of history and, in my case, living just blocks away. Marian Salzman, Forbes, 6 May 2021 But during the final vote, the notability hawks stood their ground. Benjamin Wofford, Wired, 2 Nov. 2020 The notability trap has become a topic of controversy outside of politics, too. Benjamin Wofford, Wired, 2 Nov. 2020 The argument for this high notability bar wasn’t entirely without merit. Benjamin Wofford, Wired, 2 Nov. 2020 When deciding which subjects to write about, Reavis and her students look at Wikipedia’s notability requirements. Kate Jacobson, Fortune, 11 Mar. 2020 Hiltz’s success has not only increased her notability in the running world but also within the LBGTQ community. Jenna West,, 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of notability

1832, in the meaning defined above

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16 Oct 2021

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“Notability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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