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ed·​i·​ble ˈe-də-bəl How to pronounce edible (audio)
: fit to be eaten : eatable
edibility noun
edibleness noun


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plural edibles
: 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 ediblesBarbara 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
: 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

Examples of edible in a Sentence

Adjective a plant with edible leaves All of the decorations on the gingerbread house were edible. Noun even if the storm turns out to be a blizzard, there are enough edibles in the refrigerator to last us a week
Recent Examples on the Web
How to use wild garlic in the kitchen As mentioned, the entire wild garlic plant is edible and can be used in place of other alliums. Christina Pérez, Vogue, 2 May 2024 Jake Wyatt will present an introductory workshop on properly identifying edible and toxic wild mushrooms. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 2 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for edible 

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1594, in the meaning defined above


1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of edible was in 1594

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Cite this Entry

“Edible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edible. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


ed·​i·​ble ˈed-ə-bəl How to pronounce edible (audio)
: fit or safe to be eaten
edible fruit
edibility noun
edible noun

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