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prominent, important, or distinguished; famous; great; eminent: a notable philanthropist
Not to be confused with:
noted – well-known; celebrated: a noted musician
notorious – widely and unfavorably known; disreputable; infamous: a notorious bank robber
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1. Worthy of note or notice; remarkable: notable beauty; sled dogs that are notable for their stamina.
2. Characterized by excellence or distinction; eminent: formed a commission of notable citizens. See Synonyms at famous.
3. Perceptible; noticeable: They spoke with a notable accent and were immediately recognized as foreigners.
1. A person of distinction or great reputation. See Synonyms at celebrity.
2. often Notable One of a council of prominent persons in pre-Revolutionary France called into assembly to deliberate at times of emergency.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin notābilis, from notāre, to note, from nota, note; see note.]

no′ta·ble·ness n.
no′ta·bly adv.
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worthy of being noted or remembered; remarkable; distinguished
a notable person
[C14: via Old French from Latin notābilis, from notāre to note]
ˈnotableness n
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(ˈnoʊ tə bəl)

1. worthy of notice; remarkable; outstanding: a notable success.
2. prominent, important, or distinguished; eminent: notable artists.
3. Archaic. capable, thrifty, and industrious.
4. a prominent, distinguished, or important person.
5. (usu. cap.) (before the French Revolution) a member of an assembly of prominent persons convoked by the king during a crisis.
[1300–50; < Latin notābilis. See note, -able]
no′ta•ble•ness, n.
no′ta•bly, adv.
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, noticeable - Notable means "worthy of notice" and noticeable means "readily observed."
See also related terms for notice.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. 'noticeable'

Something that is noticeable is large enough or clear enough to be noticed.

There has also been a noticeable increase in the number of people seeking counselling and psychotherapy.
I experienced no noticeable ill effects.
2. 'notable'

Something that is notable is important or remarkable. Notable is a fairly formal word.

His most notable journalistic achievement was to bring out his own paper.
With a few notable exceptions, doctors are a pretty sensible lot.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.notable - a celebrity who is an inspiration to othersnotable - a celebrity who is an inspiration to others; "he was host to a large gathering of luminaries"
celebrity, famous person - a widely known person; "he was a baseball celebrity"
Adj.1.notable - worthy of notice; "a noteworthy advance in cancer research"
worthy - having worth or merit or value; being honorable or admirable; "a worthy fellow"; "a worthy cause"
2.notable - widely known and esteemed; "a famous actor"; "a celebrated musician"; "a famed scientist"; "an illustrious judge"; "a notable historian"; "a renowned painter"
known - apprehended with certainty; "a known quantity"; "the limits of the known world"; "a musician known throughout the world"; "a known criminal"
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1. remarkable, marked, striking, unusual, extraordinary, outstanding, evident, pronounced, memorable, noticeable, uncommon, conspicuous, salient, noteworthy The most notable architectural feature of the town is its castle.
remarkable hidden, concealed, obscure, imperceptible
2. prominent, famous, celebrated, distinguished, well-known, notorious, renowned, eminent, pre-eminent the notable occultist, Madame Blavatsky
prominent unknown, obscure, anonymous
1. celebrity, worthy, big name, dignitary, luminary, celeb (informal), personage, megastar (informal), notability, V.I.P. The notables attending included five Senators, two Supreme Court judges and three State Governors.
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2. A famous person:
Informal: big name.
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جَدير بالذِّكْر، يَسْتَحِق الإنْتِباه
eftirtektarverîur, merkis-


A. ADJ [person] → destacado
to be notable fordistinguirse por
it is notable thates de notar que ...
B. Npersona f importante, personaje m
notablespersonas fpl importantes, notables mpl
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adj (= noteworthy) [lack, achievement] → notable
with a few notable exceptions → à part quelques notables exceptions
without any notable success → sans grand succès
not the most notable example of the genre → pas le meilleur exemple du genre
to be notable for sth → se distinguer par qch
it is notable that ... → il est à noter que ...
n (= person) → notable m
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adj (= eminent) personbedeutend; (= worthy of note) success, fact, event alsobemerkenswert, beachtenswert (for wegen); (= big) difference, improvementbeträchtlich, beachtlich; (= conspicuous)auffallend; with a few notable exceptionsbis auf einige rühmliche Ausnahmen; he was notable by his absenceer glänzte durch Abwesenheit
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1. adj (person) → eminente; (event) → notevole, degno/a di nota
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(nəut) noun
1. a piece of writing to call attention to something. He left me a note about the meeting.
2. (in plural) ideas for a speech, details from a lecture etc written down in short form. The students took notes on the professor's lecture.
3. a written or mental record. Have you kept a note of his name?
4. a short explanation. There is a note at the bottom of the page about that difficult word.
5. a short letter. She wrote a note to her friend.
6. (American bill) a piece of paper used as money; a bank-note. a five-dollar note.
7. a musical sound. The song ended on a high note.
8. a written or printed symbol representing a musical note.
9. an impression or feeling. The conference ended on a note of hope.
1. (often with down) to write down. He noted (down) her telephone number in his diary.
2. to notice; to be aware of. He noted a change in her behaviour.
ˈnotable adjective
worth taking notice of; important. There were several notable people at the meeting.
ˌnotaˈbility noun
ˈnotably adverb
1. in particular. Several people offered to help, notably Mrs Brown.
2. in a noticeable way. Her behaviour was notably different from usual.
ˈnoted adjective
well-known. a noted author; This town is noted for its cathedral.
ˈnotelet (-lit) noun
a small piece of notepaper, often folded like a card and with a picture on it, used for short letters.
ˈnotebook noun
a small book in which to write notes.
ˈnotecase noun
a case for bank-notes, carried in the pocket.
ˈnotepaper noun
paper for writing letters.
ˈnoteworthy adjective
worthy of notice; remarkable.
ˈnoteworthiness noun
take note of
to notice and remember. He took note of the change in her appearance.
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The town, which did not wish to be outdone, voted a like sum, which was placed in the hands of that notable body to solemnise the auspicious event.
The cardinals of Rome, which are theologues, and friars, and Schoolmen, have a phrase of notable contempt and scorn towards civil business: for they call all temporal business of wars, embassages, judicature, and other employments, sbirrerie, which is under-sheriffries; as if they were but matters, for under-sheriffs and catchpoles: though many times those under-sheriffries do more good, than their high speculations.
I do not think it necessary to add to these notable facts, and that general reference to the authorities which will be found at page
Captain Blifil took not the least notice of this, at that time; but he afterwards made a very notable use of it.
Notable mothers, who knew what it was to keep children "whole and sweet"; lazy mothers, who knew what it was to be interrupted in folding their arms and scratching their elbows by the mischievous propensities of children just firm on their legs, were equally interested in conjecturing how a lone man would manage with a two-year-old child on his hands, and were equally ready with their suggestions: the notable chiefly telling him what he had better do, and the lazy ones being emphatic in telling him what he would never be able to do.
Not less notable than his strong men are his delightful young heroines, romantic Elizabethan heroines, to be sure, with an unconventionality, many of them, which does not belong to such women in the more restricted world of reality, but pure embodiments of the finest womanly delicacy, keenness, and vivacity.
Still, if the courage of Agathocles in entering into and extricating himself from dangers be considered, together with his greatness of mind in enduring and overcoming hardships, it cannot be seen why he should be esteemed less than the most notable captain.
In those years at Cambridge my most notable literary experience without doubt was the knowledge of Tourguenief's novels, which began to be recognized in all their greatness about the middle seventies.
Ferrari, to carry out this notable scheme of yours?
The great concourse of noblemen and famous soldiers, the national character of the contest, and the fact that this was a last trial of arms before what promised to be an arduous and bloody war, all united to make the event one of the most notable and brilliant that Bordeaux had ever seen.
My acquaintanceship with a party to the coming contest had the effect of giving me a kind of personal interest in it; I naturally wished he might win, and it was the reverse of pleasant to learn that he probably would not, because, although he was a notable swordsman, the challenger was held to be his superior.
That, in the first frantic greetings lavished on himself as a notable sufferer under the overthrown system, it had been accorded to him to have Charles Darnay brought before the lawless Court, and examined.