noun, plural sables, (especially collectively for 1, 2) sable.
an Old World weasellike mammal, Mustela zibellina, of cold regions in Eurasia and the North Pacific islands, valued for its dark brown fur.
a marten, especially Mustela americana.
the fur of the sable.
the color black, often being one of the heraldic colors.
sables, mourning garments.
of the heraldic color sable.
made of the fur or hair of the sable.
very dark; black.

1275–1325; Middle English < Old French < Middle Low German sabel (compare late Old High German zobel) < Slavic or Baltic; compare Russian sóbol', Lithuanian sàbalas; ulterior origin obscure Unabridged


a cape on a small island at the SW tip of Nova Scotia, Canada: lighthouse.
a cape at the S tip of Florida. Unabridged
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sable (ˈseɪbəl)
n , pl -bles, -ble
1.  a marten, Martes zibellina, of N Asian forests, with dark brown luxuriant furRelated: zibeline
2.  a.  the highly valued fur of this animal
 b.  (as modifier): a sable coat
3.  American sable the brown, slightly less valuable fur of the American marten, Martes americana
4.  the colour of sable fur: a dark brown to yellowish-brown colour
5.  of the colour of sable fur
6.  black; dark; gloomy
7.  (usually postpositive) heraldry of the colour black
Related: zibeline
[C15: from Old French, from Old High German zobel, of Slavic origin; related to Russian sobol', Polish sobol]

Sable (ˈseɪbəl)
1.  a cape at the S tip of Florida: the southernmost point of continental US
2.  the southernmost point of Nova Scotia, Canada

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Word Origin & History

1423, from M.Fr. sable (also martre sable "sable martin"), in reference to the mammal or its fur, from O.Fr., from a Gmc. source (cf. M.Du. sabel, M.L.G. sabel, M.H.G. zobel), ultimately from a Slavic source (cf. Rus., Pol., Czech sobol, the name of the animal), "which itself is borrowed from an East-Asiatic
language" [Klein].

1352, "black" as a heraldic color, commonly identified with sable (1), but the animal's fur is brown and this may be a different word of unknown origin; it may reflect a medieval custom (unattested) of dyeing sable fur black.
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Example sentences for Sable
The golden lion at the dexter chief, sable, a lion rampant or, armed and langued gules.
A lighthouse was established at the tip of cape sable in the next year.
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