Meaning of SABLE in English

SABLE

I. ˈsā-bəl noun

( plural sables )

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Middle Low German sabel sable or its fur, from Middle High German zobel, of Slavic origin; akin to Russian sobol' sable or its fur

Date: 14th century

1.

a. : the color black

b. : black clothing worn in mourning — usually used in plural

2.

a. or plural sable

(1) : a carnivorous mammal ( Martes zibellina ) of the weasel family that occurs chiefly in northern Asia

(2) : any of various animals related to the sable

b. : the fur or pelt of a sable

3. : the usually dark brown color of the fur of the sable

II. adjective

Date: 15th century

1. : of the color black

2. : dark , gloomy

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