A sable coat.
Other Word Forms
Origin of sable
- Middle English from Old French from Middle Low German sabel from Old Russian sobol' ultimately from Persian samōr
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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 соболь (sobolʹ), Polish soból, Czech sobol). Compare also Persian samōr.