Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Worthy of note or notice; remarkable.
  • adjective Characterized by excellence or distinction; eminent: synonym: famous.
  • adjective Perceptible; noticeable.
  • noun A person of distinction or great reputation. synonym: celebrity.
  • noun One of a council of prominent persons in pre-Revolutionary France called into assembly to deliberate at times of emergency.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun A person or thing of note, importance, or distinction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A person, or thing, of distinction.
  • noun (French Hist.) 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.
  • adjective Capable of being noted; noticeable; plain; evident.
  • adjective Worthy of notice; remarkable; memorable; noted or distinguished.
  • adjective obsolete Well-known; notorious.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective worthy of notice
  • noun a celebrity who is an inspiration to others
  • adjective widely known and esteemed

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin notābilis, from notāre, to note, from nota, note; see note.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old French notable ("noteworthy"), from Latin notabilis ("noteworthy, extraordinary"), from notō ("note, mark", v), equivalent to note +‎ -able.

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