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 drinkable (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 Down to Fiesta - a Mexican Lager, light and drinkable. Marc Bona, cleveland, 26 Apr. 2021 The bill would have introduced the specific requirements that a dog tied up outside must have drinkable water and access to shade. Washington Post, 23 June 2021 The fabricator also cooks fish and extracts drinkable water from them. Washington Post, 11 June 2021 Many neighborhoods lack drinkable water, trash pickup and functioning sewers. Shauna N Gillooly, The Conversation, 27 May 2021 The most common polyethylene in the region is the Type 2 plastic, used for manufacturing shopping bags and for packaging drinkable water sold in a 500ml sachet (colloquially referred to as pure water). Kingsley Kobo, Quartz, 16 May 2021 The failure by the legislature to act then arguably led directly to the disaster 10 years later, in which millions of Texans were left without power and/or drinkable water for days, and more than 200 perished as a result. David Blackmon, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Many of Baltimore’s public school buildings lack heat or drinkable water, and the city’s homicide, drug-overdose, illiteracy and lead-poisoning rates are among the highest in America. Thiru Vignarajah, WSJ, 16 Apr. 2021 For 4 million households in the state, the consequence of the February freeze was life without power, and for many, without drinkable water. Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2021 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, 1 May 2020 The imperative to make seawater drinkable shows no sign of easing. Washington Post, 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, 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, 22 Dec. 2019 Larson said lower-dose drinkables allow people to have more than one beverage in a sitting. Ed Murrieta, SFChronicle.com, 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, 22 Oct. 2019 Some have fewer calories, carbs and sugars than most drinkables and traditional beverages. Ed Murrieta, SFChronicle.com, 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, 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 3 Aug. 2021.

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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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