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[noh-tuh-buh l] /ˈnoʊ tə bəl/
worthy of note or notice; noteworthy:
a notable success; a notable theory.
prominent, important, or distinguished:
many notable artists.
Archaic. capable, thrifty, and industrious.
a prominent, distinguished, or important person.
(usually initial capital letter) French History.
  1. one of a number of prominent men, usually of the aristocracy, called by the king on extraordinary occasions.
  2. Notables, Also called Assembly of the Notables. an assembly of high-ranking nobles, ecclesiastics, and state functionaries having deliberative but not legislative or administrative powers, convoked by the king principally in 1554, 1786, and 1788, in the lattermost year to establish the manner for selecting the States-General.
Obsolete. a notable fact or thing.
Origin of notable
1300-50; Middle English notab(i)le < Latin notābilis. See note, -able
Related forms
notableness, noun
notably, adverb
nonnotable, adjective
nonnotableness, noun
nonnotably, adverb
supernotable, adjective
supernotableness, noun
supernotably, adverb
unnotable, adjective
Can be confused
notable, noteworthy, noticeable.
1, 2. conspicuous, memorable, great, remarkable, noticeable, noted, outstanding, unusual, uncommon, eminent. 2. celebrated, famous.
1. ordinary. 2. unknown. Unabridged
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  • For the turning of the matter in our favour we have fortunately some notable examples.

  • Once established, there was nothing specially laborious or notable about it.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • The deftness with which he completed the task of laying bare the wound was notable.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • If the book had nothing in it but the splendid figure of this man it would be notable.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Finally, and surely not the least notable of American traits, is public spirit.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
British Dictionary definitions for notable


worthy of being noted or remembered; remarkable; distinguished
a notable person
Derived Forms
notableness, noun
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin notābilis, from notāre to note
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Word Origin and History for notable

mid-14c., from Old French notable "well-known, notable, remarkable" (13c.) and directly from Latin notabilis "noteworthy, extraordinary," from notare "to note" (see note (v.)). The noun meaning "a person of distinction" is first recorded 1815. Related: Notably; notableness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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