co·​mes·​ti·​ble | \kə-ˈme-stə-bəl \

Definition of comestible 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: edible



Definition of comestible (Entry 2 of 2)

: food usually used in plural

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Synonyms & Antonyms for comestible

Synonyms: Adjective

eatable, eating, edible, esculent

Antonyms: Adjective

inedible, nonedible, uneatable

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Did you expect comestible to be a noun meaning "food"? You're probably not alone. As it happens, comestible is used both as an adjective and a noun. The adjective is by far the older of the two; it has been part of English since at least the 1400s. (In fact, one of its earliest known uses was in a text printed in 1483 by William Caxton, the man who established England's first printing press.) The noun (which is most often used in the plural form, comestibles) dates only from 1837. It made its first appearance in a novel in which a character fortified himself with "a strong reinforcement of comestibles."

Examples of comestible in a Sentence


some mushrooms are comfortably comestible, but others are decidedly poisonous

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

As far as comestible trends, Barcelona has long been a lab for innovation both within Spain and abroad. Lauren Mowery, USA TODAY, "A Barcelona wine and tapas adventure," 19 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some of the price is for the soft drinks, craft beer, wine, premium liquor and food, which includes grill stations that offer freshly made artisan pizzas and other comestibles. Phil Rosenthal,, "Cubs' 1914 Club at Wrigley Field is a windowless hideaway at new-car prices," 11 Apr. 2018 Genetic modifications don’t just improve the market quality of comestibles on offer. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, "How Franken- Lurched Its Way Into Our Lexicon," 6 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of comestible


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1799, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for comestible


Medieval Latin comestibilis, from Latin comestus, past participle of comedere to eat, from com- + edere to eat — more at eat

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