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

beverage, drink, libation, potable, quencher

Antonyms: Adjective


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Examples of drinkable in a Sentence


This coffee is so hot it's not drinkable. technically, that cheap stuff may be wine, but it's hardly drinkable


the thoughtful hostess offered her guests an assortment of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinkables
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Hard to find in a convenient drinkable juice form on these shores, mangosteen is known for its rich potassium, manganese and magnesium content. Kavita Daswani, latimes.com, "Fourth of July BBQ draaaanks that won't blow your diet," 29 June 2018 More immediately, as seas rise, the islands will more frequently deal with large waves that crash farther onto the shore, contaminating their drinkable water supplies with ocean saltwater, according to the research. Chris Mooney, Brady Dennis, Philly.com, "Climate change could make thousands of tropical islands 'uninhabitable' in coming decades, new study says," 25 Apr. 2018 Mexican customs have duly found broader followings—not just tacos and soccer but also drinkable yogurt and pay-as-you-go phone contracts, a Mexican habit. The Economist, "Why America and Mexico are destined to grow even closer," 21 June 2018 Expect the characteristic smoothness and softness of classic Japanese whisky with aromas of citrus and whispers of coconut and spice in every exceedingly drinkable pour. Dan Q. Dao, GQ, "Japanese Whisky: A Guide for the Thirsty and Curious," 2 Apr. 2018 As the concepts of wellness and skin care increasingly overlap, drinkable beauty supplements have become an undeniable trend. Marci Robin, Allure, "Woman Claims Drinking Her Dog's Urine Cleared Her Acne in Nauseating Viral Video," 11 June 2018 Injured and defeated, with little drinkable water or food supply to speak of and little to protect them from the elements, their boat spends 2 days adrift, then 5 days, then 15. . K. Austin Collins, HWD, "Review: In Adrift, Shailene Woodley Proves a Worthy Anchor," 1 June 2018 Its collection of beers is tasty and accessible—all of the flagship beers were drinkable with vibrant flavors—with nothing too boozy or bitter. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Eat, Drink, Do guide to CTA-accessible suburbs," 5 Sep. 2017 The juice at the bottom of a plate of soul food is exceeded only by Fruity Pebbles milk on the list of drinkable remnants. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Difference Between Soul Food and Southern Cuisine, Explained," 12 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Compulsively drinkable, made from old vines in a great vineyard. 3. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "The Pro Move? Order the German Riesling," 5 July 2018 Otero now makes an affordable kefir-style drinkable yogurt, in flavors like piña colada, coconut, and sweet papaya. Tia Keenan, Bon Appetit, "Wanda Otero Is Making a New Kind of Puerto Rican Cheese," 26 Apr. 2018 Another team from the University of Arkansas explained how their project focused on treating wastewater to the point of being drinkable. Diana Alba Soular, USA TODAY, "All-female engineer team tackles cleaning space station water," 12 Apr. 2018 Keeping a limited supply of water clean and drinkable is no easy task either. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "All The Places Tiangong-1 Won’t Land (And Where It Still Might)," 30 Mar. 2018 The Little Friend is a worthy Saison imitator, sweet, yeasty and super drinkable, with a bit of a peppery finish. Adam Lukach, chicagotribune.com, "Drink this! Rotating low-ABV beers at Mousetrap taproom," 2 Mar. 2018 The Trout Town Whitetail Pale Ale was extremely drinkable, especially when accompanied by the Two Rivers Rye or Marzen. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Daugherty's TML: Where's the passion for Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers?," 19 Oct. 2017 Students in Brevard County, Fla., on the state's Atlantic coast near Orlando, will miss more than a week of school because of Irma — 18 of its 82 schools were still without power 19 without drinkable water this week. USA TODAY, "One in six students in the USA lost school time to hurricanes," 15 Sep. 2017 The water is still not tap-drinkable though, so people still rely on bottled water. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Include U Challenge Day 12: Raise Your Voice, Says Little Miss Flint," 12 Sep. 2017

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1611, in the meaning defined above


1708, in the meaning defined above

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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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