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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Thread City Family Garden was established in 2016, and is where the Windham Youth CORE grows fruits, vegetables, and edible fungi for the Windham community. Melanie Savage, courant.com, "Windham Community Food Network Hosts Veggiestock 2019," 21 June 2019 Another possible explanation is that the marijuana, edible treats, and extracts sold legally in stores are more potent than what was commonly available on the black market. Gene Johnson, BostonGlobe.com, "Gee whiz: Testing of sewage confirms rise in marijuana use," 20 June 2019 The Fairbanks City Council voted in April to allow on-site smoking and edible consumption in authorized retail shops. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "On-site consumption of marijuana edibles is now legal in Anchorage. But is there any consumer demand?," 20 June 2019 Tossing out a perfectly edible cup of yogurt every once in a while doesn’t seem that bad. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "This man ate ‘expired’ food for a year. Here’s why expiration dates can be meaningless.," 18 June 2019 Mereday finds most of his produce at The Chef’s Garden, a sustainable Ohio farm that provides specialty vegetables, herbs and edible flowers to some of America’s top chefs. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "This new Italian restaurant in Indianapolis rises above spaghetti and meatballs," 17 June 2019 The tour includes the yard of a 1922 home where the lawn was replaced with California native plants, an edible garden and fruit trees watered with gray water. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jeanette Marantos, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gardening events: Begonias, orchids and tours of water-wise yards at historic homes.," 4 May 2019 The animals will also eat anything that seems edible, including garbage. Fox News, "Bear in California rips apart interior of unlocked car, defecates and spits inside," 7 June 2019 Consider one of these six boozy options, featuring everything from raspberry sorbet to edible purple flowers to fresh strawberry puree. Grace Dickinson, https://www.inquirer.com, "The six summery drinks you need to try in Philadelphia this season," 6 June 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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