sable

noun
sa·​ble | \ˈsā-bəl \
plural sables

Definition of sable 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the color black

b : black clothing worn in mourning usually used in plural

2a 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

3 : the usually dark brown color of the fur of the sable

sable

adjective

Definition of sable (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of the color black

2 : dark, gloomy

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Synonyms & Antonyms for sable

Synonyms: Adjective

black, ebony, pitch-black, pitch-dark, pitchy, raven

Antonyms: Adjective

white

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Examples of sable in a Sentence

Noun

a brush made of sable

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Back then, Joseph Breitman, Mendel's great-great-grandfather, wrapped Russian aristocrats in sable. Kristina Stewart Ward, ELLE Decor, "Gilles Mendel's Fashion-Forward Home," 5 Jan. 2010 Anti-poaching efforts have helped populations of sable, hippo, elephant and other species to begin recovering. Washington Post, "African wild dogs make comeback at Mozambican wildlife park," 22 June 2018 Rangy by nature, Jake was a tri-color sable with a bushy dark brown tail tipped in white, matching the natural white ring of white fur around his neck. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Callous driver hits beloved dog, leaves him like trash by the roadside," 1 June 2018 His showroom features chinchilla, sable, fox, and Blackglama mink. Janie Har, USA TODAY, "San Francisco becomes largest U.S. city to ban fur sales," 21 Mar. 2018 His showroom features chinchilla, sable, fox, and Blackglama mink. Janie Har, USA TODAY, "San Francisco becomes largest U.S. city to ban fur sales," 21 Mar. 2018 His showroom features chinchilla, sable, fox, and Blackglama mink. Janie Har, USA TODAY, "San Francisco becomes largest U.S. city to ban fur sales," 21 Mar. 2018 His showroom features chinchilla, sable, fox, and Blackglama mink. Janie Har, USA TODAY, "San Francisco becomes largest U.S. city to ban fur sales," 21 Mar. 2018 The third-generation deli man sifted through the fresh delivery of nova salmon, sable and whitefish, flown in weekly from his supplier in Brooklyn. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Seafood restaurants squeezed by climate change, growing appetites," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sable

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sable

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Middle Low German sabel sable or its fur, from Middle High German zobel, of Slav origin; akin to Russian sobol' sable or its fur

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sable

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sable

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

: the fur of the sable

sable

noun
sa·​ble | \ˈsā-bəl \

Kids Definition of sable

1 : the color black

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

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