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[noh-tuh-bil-i-tee] /ˌnoʊ təˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural notabilities for 2.
the state or quality of being notable; distinction; prominence.
a notable or prominent person.
Origin of notability
First recorded in 1350-1400, notability is from the Middle English word notabilite. See notable, -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • All that went on they had their share in, and a kind of acquaintance with every notability.

    Royal Edinburgh Margaret Oliphant
  • Mary has infected me with her notability, and I'm going to work mamma a footstool.

    Wives and Daughters

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • He recognized, in those lines of opposing counsel, an array of notability.

    The Tempering

    Charles Neville Buck
  • But when one marks its date, its notability is enhanced impressively.

  • He came of good family of county rank, and his personal character raised him to the eminence of a notability in Staffordshire.

    The Annals of Willenhall Frederick William Hackwood
  • Mrs. Maldon had risen to welcome him with the punctilious warmth due to an old gentleman, a trustee, and a notability.

    The Price of Love

    Arnold Bennett
  • In time he may have the "ear-marks" of notability but, as Lincoln said: "You can't fool all of the people all of the time."

    Laugh and Live Douglas Fairbanks
  • The other women, too, were worshipers of notability, and Rose knew she had raised a wave of admiration.

    Rose MacLeod Alice Brown
  • He was a notability of those parts in those days, and he was known as the Dudley Devil.

  • He was an eighteenth century notability, a native of Horsforth, near Leeds, and born in 1734.

British Dictionary definitions for notability


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being notable
a distinguished person; notable
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for notability

late 14c., from Old French notabilite, from Medieval Latin *notabilitatem (nominative *notabilitas), from Latin notabilis (see notable).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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