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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Sa"ble
  1. [Zoöl] A carnivorous animal of the Weasel family (Mustela zibellina) native of the northern latitudes of Europe, Asia, and America, -- noted for its fine, soft, and valuable fur.
  2. The fur of the sable.
  3. A mourning garment; a funeral robe; -- generally in the plural." Sableswove by destiny." [Young.]
  4. [Her] The tincture black; -- represented by vertical and horizontal lines crossing each other.

Note: ☞ The sable resembles the marten, but has a longer head and ears. Its fur consists of a soft under wool, with a dense coat of hair, overtopped by another still longer. It varies greatly in color and quality according to the locality and the season of the year. The darkest and most valuable furs are taken in autumn and winter in the colder parts of Siberia, Russia, and British North America.

Note: ☞ The American sable, or marten, was formerly considered a distinct species (Mustela Americana), but it differs very little from the Asiatic sable, and is now considered only a geographical variety.

Etymology: OF. sable, F. zibeline sable (in sense 4), LL. sabellum; cf. D. sabel, Dan. sabel zobel, Sw. sabel sobel, G. zobel; all fr. Russ. sóbole

adjective Sa"ble
Of the color of the sable's fur; dark; black; -- used chiefly in poetry.
verb Sa"ble
To render sable or dark; to drape darkly or in black.
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  1. Marten of northern Asian forests having luxuriant dark brown fur
  2. A scarf (or trimming) made of sable
  3. An artist's brush made of sable hairs
  4. A very dark black
  5. The expensive dark brown fur of the marten
  6. Of a dark somewhat brownish black

Attested since 1275, from Middle English, from Old French sable and martre sable (“sable martin”), in reference to the animal or its fur; from Medieval Latin sabelum, from Middle Low German sabel (compare Middle Dutch sabel, Middle High German zobel); ultimately from a Balto-Slavic word (compare Russian со́боль (sóbolʹ), Polish soból, Czech sobol). Compare also Middle Persian smwl (*samōr).

  1. 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. The marten, especially Martes americana (syn. Mustela americana).
  3. The fur or pelt of the sable or other species of martens; a coat made from this fur.
  4. An artist's brush made from the fur of the sable (Wikipedia).
  5. (heraldry) A black colour on a coat of arms.
  6. A black colour, resembling the fur of some sables.
  7. (in the plural, sables) Black garments, especially worn in mourning.

sable was also found in the following language(s): Asturian, Basque, Catalan, French, Old French, Portuguese, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Sable

Sable is a wrestler. Sable was born on August 8th, 1967 in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.


Sable Starr was a rock, roll, groupie, and rollgroupie. Sable was given the name Sable Hay Shields on August 15th, 1957 in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles, California, U.S. She passed away on April 18th, 2009.


Sable Winters is a vocal jazz, neo soul, cool jazz, nu jazz, and cabaret musician. Her ongoing career started in 2000. Sable was born on June 19th, 1965. Sable is also known as Jazz Goddess of Love".


Notable Persons With the Last Name Sable

Sable is a wrestler. Sable was born on August 8th, 1967 in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.


Doris Burke is a television sports reporter, color analyst, and color commentator. Her ongoing career started in 1990. Doris was given the name Doris Sable on November 23rd, 1965 in West Islip, New York, U.S.


Jean Baptiste Point du Sable was a trader. Jean is also known as Point de Sable, Point au Sable, Point Sable, and Pointe DuSable. He passed away on August 28th, 1818.


Silver Sable is a comics character.


Dr. Nilesh Sable is an actor, host, and doctor. He was most prominent from 2010 to present. Dr. was born on June 30th, 1986.


Jon Moses Sable is a comics character.


How popular is the baby name Sable in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1923 5 5 0
1927 6 6 0
1936 6 6 0
1938 6 6 0
1941 6 6 0
1949 5 5 0
1950 5 5 0
1956 7 7 0
1984 7 7 0
1985 12 12 0
1986 180 180 0
1987 117 117 0
1988 88 88 0
1989 156 156 0
1990 67 67 0
1991 74 74 0
1992 53 53 0
1993 39 39 0
1994 38 38 0
1995 35 35 0
1996 29 29 0
1997 35 35 0
1998 65 65 0
1999 67 67 0
2000 43 43 0
2001 26 26 0
2002 34 34 0
2003 17 17 0
2004 21 21 0
2005 18 18 0
2006 14 14 0
2007 18 18 0
2008 14 14 0
2009 16 16 0
2010 11 11 0
2011 5 5 0
2012 19 19 0
2013 16 16 0
2014 15 15 0
2015 16 16 0
2016 21 21 0
2017 20 20 0

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sable U.S.
  White 91.18% 64.26%
  African American 2.20% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.71% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.04% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.86% 16.26%

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Fun Facts about the name Sable

  • How Popular is the name Sable? Sable is the 8,310th most popular name of all time. As a last name Sable was the 21,371st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sable have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,452 babies born with the first name Sable in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sable to occupy the territory of Tokelau (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,411 (as of October 18, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sable? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1923 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Sable first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sable is Thursday, January 17th, 1889.
  • What year had the most people named Sable born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sable was in 1986 with a total of 180 babies.
  • Random Sable Factoid: According to the 1988 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sable is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 9 babies in California have the same name as you in 1988.
  • Weird things about the name Sable: Your name in reverse order is Elbas. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Baels. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sable? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,225 people with the last name Sable.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sable? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Sable as their last name since less than 1 person in 238k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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