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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.
  3. Archaic. capable, thrifty, and industrious.
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  1. a prominent, distinguished, or important person.
  2. (usually initial capital letter) French History.
    1. one of a number of prominent men, usually of the aristocracy, called by the king on extraordinary occasions.
    2. 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.
  3. Obsolete. a notable fact or thing.
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Origin of notable

1300–50; Middle English notab(i)le < Latin notābilis. See note, -able
Related formsno·ta·ble·ness, nounno·ta·bly, adverbnon·not·a·ble, adjectivenon·not·a·ble·ness, nounnon·not·a·bly, adverbsu·per·no·ta·ble, adjectivesu·per·no·ta·ble·ness, nounsu·per·no·ta·bly, adverbun·not·a·ble, adjective
Can be confusednotable noteworthy noticeable


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  • There was a choice of wines, and notably some bottles of champagne on a side table.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • But, as Laura Ann said, it entailed things, notably industry.

    Four Girls and a Compact

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • It is to be found in several books, notably Goff's "Life of Revere."

  • Often, however, it was associated with notably accurate versions.

  • Since the American advent the Death-rate is believed to have notably decreased.

British Dictionary definitions for notably


  1. particularly or especially; in a way worthy of being noted
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  1. worthy of being noted or remembered; remarkable; distinguished
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  1. a notable person
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Derived Formsnotableness, noun

Word Origin

C14: via Old French from Latin notābilis, from notāre to note
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Word Origin and History for notably



mid-14c., from Old French notable "well-known, notable, remarkable" (13c.) and directly from Latin notabilis "noteworthy, extraordinary," from notare "to note" (see note (v.)). The noun meaning "a person of distinction" is first recorded 1815. Related: Notably; notableness.

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