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

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of edible in a Sentence

Adjective a plant with edible leaves All of the decorations on the gingerbread house were edible.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In Wisconsin state parks, visitors are permitted to pick edible fruits, nuts, mushrooms, asparagus and watercress for personal consumption. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Leave No Trace is about more than picking up trash. Here's what you should know before getting outside in Wisconsin," 2 July 2020 The coral is also edible, but is not typically consumed in the U.S. Mary Tomlinson, Southern Living, "What Are Scallops? Everything You Need to Know," 30 June 2020 Framing, installing and filling are explored as well to show how edible plants can be easy to maintain and be an attractive part of an ornamental garden throughout the year. Sally Peterson, oregonlive, "‘Kitchen Garden Revival’: Growing food can be easy and benefit the planet," 30 June 2020 Though there is much that is technically edible growing in the parks, medians, and other patches of greenery in the five boroughs, Sheholli does not recommend foraging from them; there could be lead, or worse, in the soil. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Foraged Foods Shorten the Supply Chain," 26 June 2020 Some arthropods, including scorpions and tarantulas, are also edible. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "What Are the Best (and Tastiest) Bugs to Eat for Survival?," 26 June 2020 Although edible handouts were outlawed within city limits in 2006, Keene was granted an exemption and continued providing meals to her avian friends until her passing in 2009. Brad Japhe, Travel + Leisure, "How to See Whales, Bears, Eagles and More Incredible Wildlife in Alaska," 14 June 2020 Affected fish are edible if cooked properly, unless the worms have made it into the fillets. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "10 Common Parasites and Diseases Found in Game Fish (and What You Need to Know About Them)," 27 May 2020 Piñata Party Blizzard Treat, an almost-too-pretty-to eat treat boasting edible glitter and a decadent surprise inside. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Dairy Queen's Piñata Party Blizzard Is Filled With Confetti Cake Pieces," 22 June 2020

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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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The first known use of edible was in 1594

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9 Jul 2020

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“Edible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edible. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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