1 of 2


eat·​able ˈē-tə-bəl How to pronounce eatable (audio)
: fit or able to be eaten


2 of 2


: something to eat
eatables plural : food

Example Sentences

Adjective a survival course in which you learn which wild plants are eatable
Recent Examples on the Web
And love the not-too-sugary bread-and-butter pickles. Fries: More crisp, golden matchsticks (seasoned with garlic, shallots, chives and lots of salt) and compulsively eatable. Price: $16. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 25 June 2021 In 1998, blue was added, later followed by the options of eatable enticements using green and orange tones. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2018
The event begins at 3 p.m. The schedule includes live music from bluegrass and Americana band Rollin’ In the Hay, as well as eatables from Saw’s BBQ, food trucks, mini-golf, a bounce house and a water slide. William Thornton |,, 6 June 2019 In the shops, pink and white eatables were on display, often shaped into blossoms, and in bars people were drinking cocktails sprinkled with petals. Jo Rodgers, Vogue, 29 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of eatable was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Eatable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
eat·​able ˈēt-ə-bəl How to pronounce eatable (audio)
: fit to be eaten


2 of 2 noun
: something to eat
plural : food

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