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sable

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/ ˈseɪ bəl /
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noun, plural sa·bles, (especially collectively for 1, 2) sa·ble.

adjective

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Origin of sable

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English sable, saibel, sabil(le) “a sable, pelt of a sable; (the color) black,” from Old French sable, saibile “a sable, sable fur” (Medieval Latin sabel(l)um “sable fur”), from Middle Low German sabel (compare late Old High German zobel ), from Slavic or Baltic; compare Russian sóbol', Polish soból, Czech sobol, Lithuanian sàbalas; further origin uncertain

Definition for sable (2 of 2)

Sable
[ sey-buhl ]
/ ˈseɪ bəl /

noun

Cape Sable,
  1. a cape on a small island at the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia, Canada: known for its lighthouse.
  2. a cape at the southern tip of Florida.
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British Dictionary definitions for sable (1 of 2)

sable
/ (ˈseɪbəl) /

noun plural -bles or -ble

a marten, Martes zibellina, of N Asian forests, with dark brown luxuriant furRelated adjective: zibeline
  1. the highly valued fur of this animal
  2. (as modifier)a sable coat
American sable the brown, slightly less valuable fur of the American marten, Martes americana
the colour of sable fur: a dark brown to yellowish-brown colour

adjective

Word Origin for sable

C15: from Old French, from Old High German zobel, of Slavic origin; related to Russian sobol', Polish sobol

British Dictionary definitions for sable (2 of 2)

Sable
/ (ˈseɪbəl) /

noun Cape Sable

a cape at the S tip of Florida: the southernmost point of continental US
the southernmost point of Nova Scotia, Canada
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