What does sable mean?

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ˈseɪ bəlsable

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sable, sable brush, sable's hair pencilnoun

    an artist's brush made of sable hairs

  2. sablenoun

    the expensive dark brown fur of the marten

  3. coal black, ebony, jet black, pitch black, sable, soot blacknoun

    a very dark black

  4. sablenoun

    a scarf (or trimming) made of sable

  5. sable, Martes zibellinaadjective

    marten of northern Asian forests having luxuriant dark brown fur

  6. sableadjective

    of a dark somewhat brownish black


  1. sablenoun

    A black colour on a coat of arms.

  2. sablenoun

    A small carnivorous mammal of the Old World that resembles a weasel, Mustela zibellina, from cold regions in Eurasia and the North Pacific islands, valued for its dark brown fur.

  3. sablenoun

    The marten, especially Mustela americana.

  4. sablenoun

    Black garments worn in mourning.

  5. sablenoun

    The fur or pelt of the sable or other species of martens; a coat made from this fur.

  6. sablenoun

    An artist's brush made from the fur of the sable.

  7. sableadjective

    Of the black colour sable.

  8. sableadjective

    In blazon, of the colour black.

  9. sableadjective

    Made of sable fur.

  10. sableadjective

    Dark, somber.

  11. Etymology: C.1275, ; from sable and martre sable, in reference to the animal or its fur; from sabel (compare sabel, zobel); ultimately from an Old Slavonic or Baltic word (compare соболь (sóbol'), soból, sobol). Compare also samōr.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sableadjective

    Black. A word used by heralds and poets.

    Etymology: Fr.

    By this the drooping daylight ’gan to fade,
    And yield his room to sad succeeding night,
    Who with her sable mantle ’gan to shade
    The face of earth, and ways of living wight. Fairy Queen.

    With him inthron’d
    Sat sable vested night, eldest of things,
    The consort of his reign. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    They soon begin that tragick play,
    And with their smoaky cannons banish day:
    Night, horrour, slaughter, with confusion meet,
    And in their sable arms embrace the fleet. Edmund Waller.

    Adoring first the genius of the place,
    And night, and all the stars that gild her sable throne. Dryd.

  2. Sablenoun


    Etymology: zibella, Latin.

    Sable is worn of great personages, and brought out of Russia, being the fur of a little beast of that name, esteemed for the perfectness of the colour of the hairs, which are very black. Hence sable, in heraldry, signifies the black colour in gentlemens arms. Henry Peacham, on Blazoning.

    Furiously running in upon him, with tumultuous speech, he violently raught from his head his rich cap of sables. Richard Knolles.

    The peacocks plumes thy tackle must not fail,
    Nor the dear purchase of the sable ’s tail. John Gay.


  1. SABLE

    SABLE is an XML markup language used to annotate texts for speech synthesis. It defines tags that control how written words, numbers, and sentences are audibly reproduced by a computer. SABLE was developed as an informal joint project between Sun Microsystems, AT&T, Bell Labs, and the University of Edinburgh (the initial letters of each make the word "SABLE") as an initiative to combine three previous speech synthesis markup languages SSML, STML, and JSML. SABLE is used in the Festival Speech Synthesis System. Development on SABLE appears to have stopped in 2010, and it has not reached the status of a formal standard or recommended specification.


  1. sable

    Sable is a species of small carnivorous mammal primarily found in Russia and northern East Asia, belonging to the family Mustelidae. They are known for their valuable, thick, dark and silky fur which was historically hunted and used in the fur trade. Alternatively, in the context of heraldry, 'sable' refers to the color black.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sablenoun

    a carnivorous animal of the Weasel family (Mustela zibellina) native of the northern latitudes of Europe, Asia, and America, -- noted for its fine, soft, and valuable fur

  2. Sablenoun

    the fur of the sable

  3. Sablenoun

    a mourning garment; a funeral robe; -- generally in the plural

  4. Sablenoun

    the tincture black; -- represented by vertical and horizontal lines crossing each other

  5. Sableadjective

    of the color of the sable's fur; dark; black; -- used chiefly in poetry

  6. Sableverb

    to render sable or dark; to drape darkly or in black

  7. Etymology: [OF. sable, F. zibeline sable (in sense 4), LL. sabellum; cf. D. sabel, Dan. sabel, zobel, Sw. sabel, sobel, G. zobel; all fr. Russ. sbole.]


  1. Sable

    The sable is a species of marten which inhabits forest environments, primarily in Russia from the Ural Mountains throughout Siberia, eastern Kazakhstan, northern Mongolia, China, North and South Korea and Hokkaidō in Japan. Its range in the wild originally extended through European Russia to Poland and Scandinavia. It has historically been harvested for its highly valued fur, which remains a luxury good to this day. While hunting of wild animals is still common in Russia, most fur in the market is now commercially farmed.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sable

    sā′bl, n. a Siberian species of Marten, with lustrous dark-brown or blackish fur: its fur: a fine paint-brush made of sable: the colour black: (pl.) black clothes, mourning clothes.—adj. of the colour of the sable's fur: blackish, dark-brown: made of the fur of the sable.—v.t. to sadden.&mdashmdash;adjs. Sā′ble-stoled; Sā′ble-vest′ed. [O. Fr. sable—Russ. sabolĭ.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. sable

    One of the tinctures in heraldry, implying black. In heraldic engravings, it is represented by perpendicular and horizontal lines crossing each other.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SABLE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sable is ranked #21371 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sable surname appeared 1,225 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Sable.

    91.1% or 1,117 total occurrences were White.
    2.8% or 35 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 27 total occurrences were Black.
    2% or 25 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.7% or 21 total occurrences were Asian.

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Anagrams for sable »

  1. ables

  2. baels

  3. bales

  4. Basel

  5. Basle

  6. blasé

  7. blase

  8. Blase

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sable in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of sable in a Sentence

  1. Dennis Basso Boutique:

    They knew what they were looking for, they broke down the door to my Madison Avenue store at 5 a.m. on Christmas Eve and took only the most expensive sable coats.

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