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notability (countable and uncountable, plural notabilities)

  1. (uncountable) The quality or state of being notable or eminent.
    Synonym: noteworthiness
  2. (countable) A notable or eminent person or thing.
    • 2012, Mohamed Fahmy Menza, Patronage Politics in Egypt: The National Democratic Party and Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo:
      Lesser notabilities have indeed utilized and built upon the opportunities created for filling in the gaps within the socioeconomic and political maps of the popular community.
  3. Locally eminent people; the bourgeoisie or upper middle class
    • 2002, Jonathan B. Knudsen, Justus Möser and the German Enlightenment[1], →ISBN, page 54:
      Just as the notability lived in its own social universe between the common citizenry and the aristocracy, so too did its intellectual universe express this complex mediation.
    • 2014, Keith David Watenpaugh, Being Modern in the Middle East: Revolution, Nationalism, Colonialism, and the Arab Middle Class[2], Princeton University Press, →ISBN, page 104:
      Such petitions were part of the role of the notability as understood at the time; a manifestation of their social hegemony was the obligation to speak for or represent the local community to the imperial center.