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  1. worth remembering; notable: a memorable speech.
  2. easily remembered.
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Origin of memorable

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin memorābilis worth mentioning, equivalent to memorā(re) to mention + -bilis -ble
Related formsmem·o·ra·bil·i·ty, mem·o·ra·ble·ness, nounmem·o·ra·bly, adverbun·mem·o·ra·ble, adjective


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Historical Examples

  • The memorability of an act is, in fact, a better proof of consciousness than its complexity.

    Human Personality and its Survival of Bodily Death

    Frederick W. H. Myers

  • Two other little passages, and only two, we will mention; which have in themselves a kind of memorability.

  • Events rather which, except as characteristic of one memorable Man and King, are mostly now of no memorability whatever.

British Dictionary definitions for memorability


  1. worth remembering or easily remembered; noteworthy
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Derived Formsmemorability or memorableness, nounmemorably, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Latin memorābilis, from memorāre to recall, from memor mindful
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Word Origin and History for memorability


1660s, from memorable + -ity.

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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.

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