sable
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈseɪbəl/, /ˈseɪbɫ/
Noun

sable

  1. (countable) A small carnivorous mammal of the Old World that resembles a weasel, Martes zibellina, from cold regions in Eurasia and the North Pacific islands, valued for its dark brown fur (Wikipedia).
  2. (countable) The marten, especially Martes americana (syn. Mustela americana).
  3. (countable and uncountable) The fur or pelt of the sable or other species of martens; a coat made from this fur.
    • 1928, Virginia Woolf, Orlando
      Lovers dallied upon divans spread with sables.
  4. (countable) An artist's brush made from the fur of the sable (Wikipedia).
  5. (tincture) A black colour on a coat of arms (Wikipedia).
  6. (countable and uncountable) A dark brown colour, resembling the fur of some sables.
     
  7. (in the plural, sables) Black garments, especially worn in mourning.
    • Young
      Sables wove by destiny.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter I, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      […] a delighted shout from the children swung him toward the door again. His sister, Mrs. Gerard, stood there in carriage gown and sables, radiant with surprise. ¶ "Phil!  You!  Exactly like you, Philip, to come strolling in from the antipodes—dear fellow!" recovering from the fraternal embrace and holding both lapels of his coat in her gloved hands.
Related terms Translations Translations
  • German: Zobel
  • Russian: со́боль
  • Spanish: marta
Translations Adjective

sable

  1. Of the black colour sable.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet 12:
      When I behold the violet past prime,
      And sable curls all silver'd o'er with white
    • 1742, Edward Young, The Complaint: or Night-Thoughts on Life, Death & Immortality, Night I
      Night, sable goddess! from her ebon throne, / In rayless majesty, now stretches forth / Her leaden sceptre o'er a slumbering world.
    • 2002, Christopher Paolini, Eragon, chapter 3
      They wound between the wagons to a tent removed from the rest of the traders'. It was crimson at the top and sable at the bottom, with thin triangles of colors stabbing into each other.
  2. (tincture): In blazon, of the colour black.
  3. Made of sable fur.
  4. Dark, somber.
  5. (obsolete, literary) Dark-skinned; black.
Synonyms Translations
Sable
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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