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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Worthy of note or notice; remarkable: notable beauty; sled dogs that are notable for their stamina.
  • adj. Characterized by excellence or distinction; eminent: formed a commission of notable citizens. See Synonyms at noted.
  • n. A person of distinction or great reputation. See Synonyms at celebrity.
  • n. One of a council of prominent persons in pre-Revolutionary France called into assembly to deliberate at times of emergency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Useful; profitable.
  • adj. Prudent; clever; capable; industrious; thrifty.
  • adj. Capable of being noted; noticeable; plain; evident.
  • adj. Worthy of notice; remarkable; memorable; noted or distinguished.
  • n. A person or thing of distinction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being noted; noticeable; plain; evident.
  • adj. Worthy of notice; remarkable; memorable; noted or distinguished.
  • adj. Well-known; notorious.
  • n. A person, or thing, of distinction.
  • n. One of a number of persons, before the revolution of 1789, chiefly of the higher orders, appointed by the king to constitute a representative body.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Worthy of notice; noteworthy; memorable; remarkable; noted or distinguished; great; considerable; important; also, such as to attract notice; conspicuous; manifest.
  • Notorious; well or publicly known.
  • Useful; profitable.
  • (Usually not′ a-bl). Prudent; clever; capable; industrious: as, a notable housekeeper.
  • Synonyms Noted, Notorious, etc. (see famous), signal, extraordinary.
  • n. A person or thing of note, importance, or distinction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. worthy of notice
  • n. a celebrity who is an inspiration to others
  • adj. widely known and esteemed

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin notābilis, from notāre, to note, from nota, note; see note.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English notable ("usable, useful"), equivalent to note ("use, benefit"), from Old English notu ("enjoyment, use, profit, advantage, utility, employment") +‎ -able. More at note. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English, from Old French notable ("noteworthy"), from Latin notabilis ("noteworthy, extraordinary"), from notō ("note, mark", v), equivalent to note +‎ -able. (Wiktionary)

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