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sa·ble

 (sā′bəl)
n.
1.
a. A mustelid mammal (Martes zibellina) of northern Eurasia, having soft dark commercially valuable fur.
b. The pelt or fur of this animal.
c. The similar fur of other species of martens.
2.
a. The color black, especially in heraldry.
b. sables Black garments worn in mourning.
3. A grayish yellowish brown.
4. A sablefish.
adj.
1. Of a grayish yellowish brown.
2. Of the color black, as in heraldry or mourning.
3. Dark; somber.
4. Of the fur of the sable: a sable coat.

[Middle English, from Old French, sable fur, from an Old Low Franconian source akin to Middle High German sabel, sable, ultimately from a Slavic source such as Old Russian sobolĭ; akin to Middle Persian samōr and Parthian simōr.]

sable

(ˈseɪbəl)
n, pl -bles or -ble
1. (Animals) a marten, Martes zibellina, of N Asian forests, with dark brown luxuriant fur.
2. (Textiles)
a. the highly valued fur of this animal
b. (as modifier): a sable coat.
3. (Textiles) American sable the brown, slightly less valuable fur of the American marten, Martes americana
4. (Colours) the colour of sable fur: a dark brown to yellowish-brown colour
adj
5. (Colours) of the colour of sable fur
6. black; dark; gloomy
7. (Heraldry) (usually postpositive) heraldry of the colour black
[C15: from Old French, from Old High German zobel, of Slavic origin; related to Russian sobol', Polish sobol]

Sable

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

sa•ble

(ˈseɪ bəl)

n., pl. -bles, (esp. collectively for 1, 2 ) -ble, n.
1. a dark-colored Eurasian marten, Martes zibellina, valued for its fur.
2. a North American marten, Martes americana.
3. the fur of the sable.
4. the color black.
5. sables, black mourning garments.
adj.
6. of the color black.
7. made of sable fur.
8. very dark.
[1275–1325; < Old French < Middle Low German sabel (compare late Old High German zobel) < Slavic or Baltic]

Sa•ble

(ˈseɪ bəl)

n. Cape,
1. a cape on a small island at the SW tip of Nova Scotia, Canada: lighthouse.
2. a cape at the S tip of Florida.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sable - an artist's brush made of sable hairssable - an artist's brush made of sable hairs
brush - an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle
rigger brush, rigger - a long slender pointed sable brush used by artists
2.sable - the expensive dark brown fur of the marten
fur, pelt - the dressed hairy coat of a mammal
3.sable - a very dark blacksable - a very dark black      
black, blackness, inkiness - the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
4.sable - a scarf (or trimming) made of sable
scarf - a garment worn around the head or neck or shoulders for warmth or decoration
5.sable - marten of northern Asian forests having luxuriant dark brown fursable - marten of northern Asian forests having luxuriant dark brown fur
marten, marten cat - agile slender-bodied arboreal mustelids somewhat larger than weasels
Adj.1.sable - of a dark somewhat brownish black
achromatic, neutral - having no hue; "neutral colors like black or white"

sable

noun & adjective
1. black, jet, raven, jetty, ebony, ebon (poetic) thick sable lashes see shades from black to white
adjective
1. dark, black, dim, gloomy, dismal, dreary, sombre, shadowy, sepulchral, crepuscular, Stygian, tenebrous Night enveloped me in its sable mantle.

sable

adjective
Of the darkest achromatic visual value:
Translations
سَمّور سيبيريافَرْوَة السَّمّور
sobol
zobelzobelpels
zibelo
soopeli
crna
cobolycobolyprémfekete
safalafeldursafali
sabalassabalo
sabuļādasabulis
czarnysoból
negru
soboľsobolí
svart

sable

[ˈseɪbl]
A. N (= fur) → marta f cibelina or cebellina; (= colour) → negro m
B. ADJnegro

sable

nZobel m; (= fur)Zobelfell ntor -pelz m; (liter, = colour) → Schwarz nt
adjZobel-; (liter, = black) → schwarz; sable coatZobelmantel m

sable

[ˈseɪbl]
1. n
a. (animal, fur) → zibellino
b. (liter) (colour) → nero
2. adj (fur) → di zibellino; (brush) → di martora

sable

(ˈseibl) noun
1. a kind of small animal found in Arctic regions, valued for its glossy fur.
2. its fur. Artists' brushes are sometimes made of sable; (also adjective) a sable coat.
References in classic literature ?
The next morning I sent my servant to his lordship with a small present of tea, and two pieces of China damask, and four little wedges of Japan gold, which did not all weigh above six ounces or thereabouts, but were far short of the value of his sables, which, when I came to England, I found worth near two hundred pounds.
While fair Altisidora, who the sport Of cold Don Quixote's cruelty hath been, Returns to life, and in this magic court The dames in sables come to grace the scene, And while her matrons all in seemly sort My lady robes in baize and bombazine, Her beauty and her sorrows will I sing With defter quill than touched the Thracian string.
fur tippet,) the richness of his cloak, lined with the most costly sables, his maroquin boots and golden spurs, together with the grace with which he managed his palfrey, were sufficient to merit clamorous applause.
Waldengarver, in a frightful perspiration, was trying to get himself out of his princely sables.
But to the chamber which lies most westwardly of the seven, there are now none of the maskers who venture; for the night is waning away; and there flows a ruddier light through the blood-coloured panes; and the blackness of the sable drapery appals; and to him whose foot falls upon the sable carpet, there comes from the near clock of ebony a muffled peal more solemnly emphatic than any which reaches their ears who indulged in the more remote gaieties of the other apartments.
On the grass there lay a sable antelope bull-- the most beautiful of all the African antelopes--quite dead, and transfixed by its great curved horns was a magnificent black-maned lion, also dead.
The same happy, smiling Circassian, with mustache and beaming eyes looking up from under a sable hood, was still sitting there, and that Circassian was Sonya, and that Sonya was certainly his future happy and loving wife.
Here, indeed, in the sable simplicity that generally characterised the Puritanic modes of dress, there might be an infrequent call for the finer productions of her handiwork.
Tashtego's long, lean, sable hair, his high cheek bones, and black rounding eyes --for an Indian, Oriental in their largeness, but Antarctic in their glittering expression --all this sufficiently proclaimed him an inheritor of the unvitiated blood of those proud warrior hunters, who, in quest of the great New England moose, had scoured, bow in hand, the aboriginal forests of the main.
But already the sable wing was before the old man's eyes; the long hooked bill at his head: with a scream, the black hawk darted away with his prize.
A roaring, ranting, sleek man-thief, Who lived on mutton, veal, and beef, Yet never would afford relief To needy, sable sons of grief, Was big with heavenly union.
To the north-eastward, the glare of snow lay under the starlight of the sable sky and I could see an undulating crest of hillocks pinkish white.