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[mem-er-uh-buh l] /ˈmɛm ər ə bəl/
worth remembering; notable:
a memorable speech.
easily remembered.
Origin of memorable
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin memorābilis worth mentioning, equivalent to memorā(re) to mention + -bilis -ble
Related forms
memorability, memorableness, noun
memorably, adverb
unmemorable, adjective
1. noteworthy, impressive, celebrated. Unabridged
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  • This period, beginning with 1840, has been styled "a memorable decade" in the history of Parliament.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • Who does not hear Hamlet speaking in this memorable last line?

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • It was a memorable day, as I have said, in that Tulp was given me for my own.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • The year 1868 was a memorable one for Kendall in other ways.

  • No; my first memorable experience was true to what I knew her to be, and to all my experience.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for memorable


/ˈmɛmərəbəl; ˈmɛmrə-/
worth remembering or easily remembered; noteworthy
Derived Forms
memorability, memorableness, noun
memorably, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin memorābilis, from memorāre to recall, from memor mindful
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Word Origin and History for memorable

mid-15c., from Middle French mémorable, from Latin memorabilis "that may be told; worthy of being remembered, remarkable," from memorare "to bring to mind," from memor "mindful of" (see memory). Related: Memorably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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