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sable

noun sa·ble \ ˈsā-bəl \

Definition of sable

plural sables
1 a : the color black
b : black clothing worn in mourning usually used in plural
2 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

Examples of sable in a Sentence

  1. a brush made of sable

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Origin and Etymology of sable

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

adjective

Definition of sable

1 : of the color black
2 : dark, gloomy

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First Known Use of sable

15th century

sable Synonyms

Synonyms
ebony, pitch-black, pitch-dark, pitchy, raven, black
Antonyms
white
Related Words
dark, dusky, inky; blackish, brunet (or brunette)
Near Antonyms
bright, brilliant, light, pale, palish

SABLE Defined for English Language Learners

sable

noun

Definition of sable for English Language Learners

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

  • : the fur of the sable


SABLE Defined for Kids

sable

noun sa·ble \ ˈsā-bəl \

Definition of sable for Students

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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