drink·​able | \ ˈdriŋ-kə-bəl How to pronounce drinkable (audio) \

Definition of drinkable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: suitable or safe for drinking



Definition of drinkable (Entry 2 of 2)

: a liquid suitable for drinking : beverage

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drinkability \ ˌdriŋ-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce drinkability (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for drinkable

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of drinkable in a Sentence

Adjective This coffee is so hot it's not drinkable. technically, that cheap stuff may be wine, but it's hardly drinkable Noun the thoughtful hostess offered her guests an assortment of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinkables
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The new collection has two very drinkable varieties: Italian Pinot Grigio Ramato (a rosé) and an Italian Sauvignon Blanc. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Mary J. Blige Now Has Her Own Wine Collection — and It's Perfect for Summer," 29 June 2020 Launched earlier this month on Indiegogo in London, the QuenchSea is a handheld device, capable of transforming seawater into fresh, drinkable water. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Turn Saltwater Into Drinking Water With This Ingenious New Device," 29 June 2020 Clear or bluish sea ice is another good source of drinkable water. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "The Ultimate Survival Guide to Finding and Purifying Water," 19 June 2020 In its investor presentation, the company touts its ability to turn waste water from fracking operations into drinkable water. Dallas News, "Water tech firm OriginClear moves corporate HQ from Los Angeles to McKinney," 27 Apr. 2020 But if the thought of dumping two whole bottles of perfectly drinkable red wine still gives you pause, consider that this dish feeds eight (or more) people and uses two pounds of spaghetti. Molly Baz, Bon Appétit, "This Pasta Uses Two Whole Bottles of Wine—and It’s Delicious," 12 Dec. 2019 All are balanced, well-made and eminently drinkable. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: Good pizza and creative beer at 3 Sons Brewing in Dania Beach," 5 Sep. 2019 Off Color has created a niche in the city’s saturated scene, brewing creative beers using myriad ingredients, flavors and techniques while remaining eminently drinkable — both in terms of taste and ABV (no 14-percenters here). Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Guide to Chicago’s essential craft breweries for visitors, locals, bar crawlers and enthusiasts," 22 July 2019 Inexpensive and pretty darn good — that’s how to describe this eminently drinkable best-buy from Portugal. Anne Schamberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A dozen irresistible warm-weather wines for $20 or less - available in Milwaukee-area stores," 26 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Also, these products may contain synthetic materials and chemical agents that can harm wildlife and strain the treatment process that helps make water drinkable. cleveland, "Avon Lake family’s 3D printing project helps face masks fit comfortably: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 1 May 2020 The imperative to make seawater drinkable shows no sign of easing. Washington Post, "Why Making Seawater Drinkable Doesn’t Thrill Everyone," 8 Mar. 2019 Some coastal areas are seeing water that was once drinkable become contaminated with saltwater from the sea. Julie Creswell, New York Times, "Where Mermaids Play, a Nasty Water Fight," 8 Mar. 2020 Getty Images Mead’s foundation in honey perpetuates the inaccurate perception that meads are too sweet and too thick, or only drinkable in the winter or around a fire. Shawndra Russell, Fortune, "Mead Could Be the Next Big Craft Beverage," 22 Dec. 2019 Larson said lower-dose drinkables allow people to have more than one beverage in a sitting. Ed Murrieta, SFChronicle.com, "Will infused drinks change how we consume cannabis?," 4 Oct. 2019 Yet edible, drinkable and smokable CBD products have flooded the market anyway, delivering big profits to some farmers and manufacturers and purportedly helping many consumers manage their health problems. Sophie Quinton, chicagotribune.com, "CBD may be natural, but is it safe?," 22 Oct. 2019 Some have fewer calories, carbs and sugars than most drinkables and traditional beverages. Ed Murrieta, SFChronicle.com, "Will infused drinks change how we consume cannabis?," 4 Oct. 2019 That week had been relatively dry, so the stream was only a milky white that chlorination at least made drinkable. National Geographic, "Logging is corrupting these islands. One village fights back—and wins.," 3 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of drinkable


1611, in the meaning defined above


1708, in the meaning defined above

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“Drinkable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drinkable. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce drinkable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of drinkable

: able to be drunk
: having a pleasant taste


drink·​able | \ ˈdriŋ-kə-bəl How to pronounce drinkable (audio) \

Kids Definition of drinkable

: suitable or safe for drinking

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