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notability

[noh-tuh-bil-i-tee]
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noun, plural no·ta·bil·i·ties for 2.
  1. the state or quality of being notable; distinction; prominence.
  2. a notable or prominent person.
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Origin of notability

First recorded in 1350–1400, notability is from the Middle English word notabilite. See notable, -ity
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Related Words for notability

weight, influence, rank, renown, esteem, fame, standing, prepotency, preeminence, mark, note, significance, repute, luster, power, greatness, authority, prestige, loftiness, dignity

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Historical Examples of notability

  • All that went on they had their share in, and a kind of acquaintance with every notability.

    Royal Edinburgh

    Margaret Oliphant

  • Mary has infected me with her notability, and I'm going to work mamma a footstool.

    Wives and Daughters

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

  • He recognized, in those lines of opposing counsel, an array of notability.

    The Tempering

    Charles Neville Buck

  • But when one marks its date, its notability is enhanced impressively.

  • He came of good family of county rank, and his personal character raised him to the eminence of a notability in Staffordshire.

    The Annals of Willenhall

    Frederick William Hackwood


British Dictionary definitions for notability

notability

noun plural -ties
  1. the state or quality of being notable
  2. a distinguished person; notable
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Word Origin and History for notability

n.

late 14c., from Old French notabilite, from Medieval Latin *notabilitatem (nominative *notabilitas), from Latin notabilis (see notable).

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