Definition of "sable" [sa•ble]

  • A carnivorous mammal (Martes zibellina) of northern Europe and Asia, having soft dark fur. (noun)
  • The pelt or fur of this animal. (noun)
  • The similar fur of other species of martens. (noun)
  • The color black, especially in heraldry. (noun)
  • Black garments worn in mourning. (noun)
  • A marten, Martes zibellina, of N Asian forests, with dark brown luxuriant fur (noun)

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  • The highly valued fur of this animal (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • The colour of sable fur: a dark brown to yellowish-brown colour (noun)
  • Of the colour of sable fur (adjective)
  • Black; dark; gloomy (adjective)
  • Of the colour black (adjective)

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Use "sable" in a sentence
  • "At the school for retarded children, we see one: she has bedecked herself with assorted dolls as elegantly as a young society matron in sable furs."
  • "On the sixth day there will come forth to thee a black Shaykh, clad all in sable, with a long white beard, flowing down to his navel."
  • "He was thinking of a certain Russian sable coat that lay in his trunk at the cabin, and guarded from prying eyes by only a flimsy trunk lock."