Notable or Noticeable?

by Craig Shrives

What Is the Difference between "Notable" and "Noticeable"?

"Notable" and "noticeable" are easy to confuse because they both describe something that stands out. However, there is a clear difference between "notable" and "noticeable."
  • Notable. "Notable" means "worthy of comment," "noteworthy," or "distinguished." A "notable" is "a person of note or importance." For example:
    • There were two notable guests at the party.
    • He made several notable points in his speech.
    • I was a notable in the banking sector, but I've retired.
  • Noticeable. "Noticeable" means "detectable" (i.e., capable of being seen or noticed). For example:
    • Is the coffee stain noticeable?
notable or noticeable?


The adjective "notable" means "worthy of comment," "worthy of distinction," "celebrated," "widely known," or "esteemed." As a noun, it can mean "a person of note."

Example sentences with "notable":
  • The award is for the volunteer who has made the most notable contribution to the development of netball at a local level.
  • I would like to discuss some notable omissions from the text I gave you.
  • Be respectful. He is a very notable fellow.
  • There will be several notables present.
  • (Here, "notable" is a noun (in its plural form).)


The adjective noticeable means detectable (i.e., sufficient to be seen or noticed).

Example sentences with "noticeable":
  • The blue sheen in your hair is hardly noticeable.
  • The difference in processing speed is quite noticeable.

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