- any marten; esp., the stone marten or a darker American species (Martes americana)
- the costly fur or pelt of the sable
- a coat, neckpiece, etc. made of this
- Now Rare black mourning clothes
- Heraldry the color black: indicated in engraving by crosshatching
Origin of sableOld French ; from Medieval Latin sabelum ; from Middle Dutch sabel ; from Old High German zobel ; from Russian sobol'
- made of or with the fur of the sable
- black or dark brown
- 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.
- a. The color black, especially in heraldry.b. sables Black garments worn in mourning.
- A grayish yellowish brown.
- A sablefish.
- Of a grayish yellowish brown.
- Of the color black, as in heraldry or mourning.
- Dark; somber.
- Of the fur of the sable: a sable coat.
Origin of sableMiddle English, from Old French, from Middle Low German sabel, from Old Russian sobol', ultimately from Persian samōr.
(countable and uncountable, plural sables)
- 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 .
- The marten, especially Mustela americana.
- The fur or pelt of the sable or other species of martens; a coat made from this fur.
- An artist's brush made from the fur of the sable .
- (heraldry) A black colour on a coat of arms.
- A black colour, resembling the fur of some sables.
- (in the plural, sables) Black garments worn in mourning.
(comparative more sable, superlative most sable)
Attested since 1275, from Middle English, from Old French sable and martre sable (“sable martin"), in reference to the animal or its fur; from Middle Low German sabel (compare Middle Dutch sabel, Middle High German zobel); ultimately from an Old Slavonic or Baltic word (compare Russian ÑÐ¾Ð±Ð¾Ð»ÑŒ (sobolÊ¹), Polish sobÃ³l, Czech sobol). Compare also Persian samÅr.