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memorable

[mem-er-uh-buhl]
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adjective
  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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  • 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?

  • 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

memorable

adjective
  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 memorable

adj.

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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