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

Property has a well with a new well pump that produces abundant drinkable water. Ramona Sentinel, "Home of the Week - 1331 Ash St, Ramona CA 92065 - $999,000-1,075,000," 22 Aug. 2019 Miles of flavor but endlessly drinkable, Magnetron is the booziest beer on this list for those after a little extra oomph. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "11 easy-drinking, refreshing — and, yes, crushable — beers of summer," 6 June 2018 The 38-page plan sets ambitious goals, like doubling the amount of drinkable water in the Palestinian territories and nearly tripling exports as a percentage of the Palestinian economy. Mark Landler, New York Times, "White House Unveils Economic Portion of Middle East Peace Plan," 22 June 2019 Desalination plants could easily turn that into drinkable water. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Scientists have discovered a sea of fresh water under the ocean," 22 June 2019 Lend a hand with critical repairs, providing electricity and drinkable water to residents. National Geographic, "Puerto Rico High School Community Service," 12 June 2019 Stray dogs roamed the dirt roads, and mosquitoes buzzed inside homes with no air conditioning or drinkable tap water. San Diego Union-Tribune, "He voted for Trump. Now he and his wife raise their son from opposite sides of the border," 19 May 2019 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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The lager will be clean and drinkable, says Four Peaks communications manager Zach Fowle, and was designed to add to the moment, but not steal the spotlight so fans can focus on the game. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Four Peaks has released an Arizona Cardinals-themed beer. Here's where to get it," 26 Aug. 2019 The water fountains couldn't bubble high enough to produce a drinkable flow, prompting supervisors to briefly post a notice on the 24-hour gyms' doors. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A 'huge' water main break in Waukesha severely reduced water pressure for residents on a hot and humid night," 18 July 2019 Dangerously drinkable, this was rosé sangria—a far cry from the collegiate version. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "I Have to Stop Myself From Drinking Rosé Sangria Like Water," 21 June 2019 Drop a NaDCC purification tablet—Aquatabs are one example—in non-turbid water to release hypochlorous acid, which reduces most pathogens and renders the water drinkable after about 30 minutes. Sunny Fitzgerald, National Geographic, "6 plastic-free ways to travel with safe drinking water," 7 Mar. 2019 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

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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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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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