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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Definitions for notabilia

  1. matters, events, or items worthy of note.

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Citations for notabilia
Your letter from the Far West was charmingly vivid and free; one seemed to attend you personally, and see with one's own eyes the notabilia, human and other, of those huge regions, in your swift flight through them to and from. April Carlyle, "Carlyle to Emerson, April 2, 1872," The Pacific Unitarian, November 1901
“A propos,” among the notabilia for imitation I must mention a flower-table of the Countess's. Hermann Ludwig Heinrich von Pückler-Muskau, Tour in England, Ireland, and France, in the Years 1826, 1827, 1818, and 1829., translated by Sarah Austin, 1833
Origin of notabilia
In Latin of the classical period, notābilis was an adjective only, meaning “noteworthy, famous,” but also “notorious, infamous.” Late Latin developed the noun senses: first “noteworthy thing, important event” (plural notābilia) and later “eminent person” (plural notābilēs). Notabilia entered English in the mid-19th century.