sable

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noun

sa·​ble ˈsā-bəl How to pronounce sable (audio)
plural sables
1
a
: the color black
b
: black clothing worn in mourning
usually used in plural
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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
3
: the usually dark brown color of the fur of the sable

sable

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adjective

1
: of the color black
2

Example Sentences

Noun a brush made of sable
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The brush, of sable, which immediately conjures up some semi-mythical creature of the Russian forests. The Economist, 22 Apr. 2020 European, American and Japanese furriers had long purchased sable, mink and otter furs from local hunters, but had never been interested in the coarse fur of the Tarbagan marmot. Paul French, CNN, 18 Apr. 2020 Salmon, of course, but also smoked trout, whitefish and sable are all gorgeous on a graze board. Katie Workman, NBC News, 12 Dec. 2019 They are not committed to a two-season cycle, private planes and yachts, sable and vicuna. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 5 Sep. 2019 In Angola, the national team is nicknamed Palancas Negras after giant sable antelopes, the country’s national symbol, famed for its long, curved horns. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, 19 July 2019 They are made of mink, faux mink, sable, silk, cashmere, or synthetic fibers. Beth Teitell, BostonGlobe.com, 3 July 2019 At the time, there were fewer than 44 sable antelope and perhaps a thousand buffalo on one million acres. Paul Steyn, National Geographic, 2 May 2019 Dessert was strawberry sable with lemon verbena cream followed by a selection of assorted fresh fruits, then coffee and petit fours. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, 3 June 2019
Adjective
Pembroke Welsh Corgis come in two coat varieties: red and sable. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2022 For dessert, there’s eggnog cremieux or gingersnap sable & pomegranate sorbet. Dallas News, 9 Dec. 2022 This happened in the case of the giant sable antelope and roan antelope in southern Africa. Monica Cull, Discover Magazine, 11 Aug. 2022 Unfortunately, the census also had some dire news for other wildlife populations, with some, like the roan and sable antelope and mountain bongo, facing local extinction. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 8 Oct. 2021 In addition, about 405 other wildlife, including buffalo, impala, sable, warthog and waterbuck will be moved to Kasungu. Gregory Gondwe, USA TODAY, 15 July 2022 So after your visit, treat yourself to some whitefish salad and a few slices of sable at nearby Barney Greengrass. ELLE Decor, 22 Nov. 2022 Mary’s head extrudes from a pyramid of gold, velvet and sable. Dominic Green, WSJ, 12 Nov. 2022 Over a brown butter sable Breton, Malzahn layers cremeux, raspberry rhubarb consommé and thyme-infused rhubarb with ruby vinegar mirror. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sable was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sable. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

sable

noun
sa·​ble
ˈsā-bəl
plural sables
1
: the color black
2
a
or plural sable : a meat-eating mammal of northern Europe and Asia related to the martens and valued for its soft rich brown fur
b
: the fur or pelt of a sable
sable adjective

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