ed·​i·​ble | \ ˈe-də-bəl How to pronounce edible (audio) \

Definition of edible

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: fit to be eaten : eatable


plural edibles

Definition of edible (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that is suitable or safe to eat : something edible … growing mushrooms is becoming an increasingly popular activity. Growers come to Telluride for workshops in cultivating … exotic edibles— Barbara W. Fash et al. : a food item … there were not many complaints about the quality of the edibles and potables dispensed in the … reception room …— James Lardner Eating all their meals out, the only edibles they keep in their home are chocolate kisses.— Shelley Levitt and Mary Huzinec
2 : any of various food items containing THC Cannabis edibles include chocolates, cookies, and gummies, and entrepreneurs are coming up with new cannabis-infused concoctions all the time.— Jack Delaney Like alcohol, edibles can only be sold legally at licensed "dispensaries" to those 21 or older.— Sharlene Johnson

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Other Words from edible


edibility \ ˌe-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce edibility (audio) \ noun
edibleness \ ˈe-​də-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce edibleness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for edible

Synonyms: Adjective

comestible, eatable, eating, esculent

Antonyms: Adjective

inedible, nonedible, uneatable

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Examples of edible in a Sentence


a plant with edible leaves All of the decorations on the gingerbread house were edible.

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Both worlds within worlds with the ultimate edible gardens. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Our Favorite Independent Hoteliers Around the World," 27 Aug. 2019 Organized by Deep Roots Project, which Carol co-founded, and Green Community Connections, the showcase highlighted the national trend of homeowners creating front yard edible gardens on their properties. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Oak Park woman joins trend of front yard vegetable gardens, hosts dinner made from bounty," 23 July 2019 The arboretum is just beginning to trial vegetables, spurred by the opening of A Tasteful Place edible garden. Karel Holloway, Dallas News, "Dallas Arboretum releases newest plant recommendations — veggies included — for North Texas," 10 July 2019 The educational gardens include an edible garden, native garden and pollinator garden. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "What you need to know about Louisville's Waterfront Botanical Gardens project," 2 July 2019 Planet Subaru also put up $11,000 to start a food forest near the trail, a self-sustaining edible garden based on woodland ecosystems that is an official site of the Boston Food Forest Coalition. Katie Johnston, BostonGlobe.com, "Summer is the season for perks," 2 July 2019 Pastry Chef Chris Ford from Butter Love and Hard Work created edible, juicy-looking candy gummy lips in colors that correspond with each perfume bottle. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Everything to Know About Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner's First KKW Fragrance Collaboration," 21 Aug. 2019 Devine is quite high, having posted up for the weekend with the rest of the judges to try every single entrant of pot, edible, oil, preroll, drink, and vape pen. Amanda Chicago Lewis, The Verge, "Big Alcohol is pouring," 30 July 2019 In the United States, advocates have long called for manufacturers to stop labeling food with expiration dates, which are not governed by federal safety regulations and often encourage people to throw away still-edible food. David Yaffe-bellany, New York Times, "Drink a Pint, Waste Less Food," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of edible


1594, in the meaning defined above


1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for edible


Late Latin edibilis, from Latin edere to eat — more at eat

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English Language Learners Definition of edible

: suitable or safe to eat


ed·​i·​ble | \ ˈe-də-bəl How to pronounce edible (audio) \

Kids Definition of edible

: fit or safe to eat

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