Definition of stable noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsteɪbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsteɪbl//
    Buildings, On the farm, Equine sports
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  1. 1   [countable] a building in which horses are kept The horse was led back to its stable. Wordfinderbridle, gallop, harness, horse, paddock, rein, stable, stirrup, tack, thoroughbred See related entries: Buildings, On the farm, Equine sports
  2. 2  (British English also stables) [countable + singular or plural verb] an organization that keeps horses for a particular purpose (British English) a riding/racing stables His stables are near Oxford. See related entries: Equine sports
  3. 3[countable] a group of racehorses owned or trained by the same person There have been just three winners from his stable this season. See related entries: Equine sports
  4. 4[singular] a group of people who work or trained in the same place; a group of products made by the same company actors from the same stable the latest printer from the Epson stable
  5. Word Familystable adjective (unstable)stability noun (instability)stabilize verb Word Originnoun Middle English: shortening of Old French estable ‘stable, pigsty’, from Latin stabulum, from the base of stare ‘to stand’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stable