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 Originnoun Middle English: shortening of Old French estable ‘stable, pigsty’, from Latin stabulum, from the base of stare ‘to stand’.Word Familystable adjective (unstable)stability noun (instability)stabilize verb
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stable