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[mem-er-uh-buh l] /ˈmɛm ər ə bəl/
worth remembering; notable:
a memorable speech.
easily remembered.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin memorābilis worth mentioning, equivalent to memorā(re) to mention + -bilis -ble
Related forms
memorability, memorableness, noun
memorably, adverb
unmemorable, adjective
1. noteworthy, impressive, celebrated. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for memorable
  • Pick a memorable experience, and explain why it was so memorable.
  • Each story combines nuanced portraits of memorable characters with lyrical descriptions of human fallibility and generosity.
  • Some photographic moments are memorable because they are so unlikely.
  • But it is still not easy to make something memorable.
  • He fondly recalled his own student days and the memorable moments he spent with his professors in their offices.
  • He also wrote well and composed a number of memorable phrases.
  • Apparently the drink was the only memorable thing about the place.
  • The struggle to strike a balance between an eye-catching, memorable name.
  • One of the more memorable moments actually never made it into the finished story.
  • These androids, cyborgs and other memorable machines made their marks on movies and television in the past century.
British Dictionary definitions for memorable


/ˈmɛmərəbəl; ˈmɛmrə-/
worth remembering or easily remembered; noteworthy
Derived Forms
memorability, memorableness, noun
memorably, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin memorābilis, from memorāre to recall, from memor mindful
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Word Origin and History for memorable

mid-15c., from Middle French mémorable, from Latin memorabilis "that may be told; worthy of being remembered, remarkable," from memorare "to bring to mind," from memor "mindful of" (see memory). Related: Memorably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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