[ door-uh-buhl, dyoor- ]
/ ˈdʊər ə bəl, ˈdyʊər- /


able to resist wear, decay, etc., well; lasting; enduring.


durables. durable goods.

Origin of durable

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin dūrābilis. See dure2, -able
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British Dictionary definitions for durable


/ (ˈdjʊərəbəl) /


long-lasting; enduringa durable fabric
Derived Formsdurability or durableness, noundurably, adverb

Word Origin for durable

C14: from Old French, from Latin dūrābilis, from dūrāre to last; see endure
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Word Origin and History for durable



late 14c., from Old French durable (11c.), from Latin durabilis "lasting, permanent," from durare "to last, harden" (see endure). Durable goods attested from 1930.

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