[ noh-tuh-buhl ]
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  1. worthy of note or notice; noteworthy: a notable success; a notable theory.

  2. prominent, important, or distinguished: many notable artists.

  1. Archaic. capable, thrifty, and industrious.

  1. a prominent, distinguished, or important person.

  2. (usually initial capital letter)French History.

    • one of a number of prominent men, usually of the aristocracy, called by the king on extraordinary occasions.

    • 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.

  1. Obsolete. a notable fact or thing.

Origin of notable

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English notab(i)le, from Latin notābilis; equivalent to note + -able

Other words for notable

Opposites for notable

Other words from notable

  • no·ta·ble·ness, noun
  • no·ta·bly, adverb
  • non·not·a·ble, adjective
  • non·not·a·ble·ness, noun
  • non·not·a·bly, adverb
  • su·per·no·ta·ble, adjective
  • su·per·no·ta·ble·ness, noun
  • su·per·no·ta·bly, adverb
  • un·not·a·ble, adjective

Words that may be confused with notable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for notable


/ (ˈnəʊtəbəl) /

  1. worthy of being noted or remembered; remarkable; distinguished

  1. a notable person

Origin of notable

C14: via Old French from Latin notābilis, from notāre to note

Derived forms of notable

  • notableness, noun

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