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 Some, like rosemary and lavender, for example, fit into this category and are even edible. Derek Carwood, Better Homes & Gardens, "These Tough Plants Can Take Nearly Anything Nature Throws at Them," 19 May 2020 Many of the plants that bees love are drought resistant, bloom profusely, showcase vivid colors, are easy to care for, and also are edible for humans. Trace Barnett, al, "Expert tips for creating a pollinator garden at home," 28 Apr. 2020 The boxes, which can include herbs, greens and edible flowers, sell for $30. Los Angeles Times, "Your local farm in a box: How farmers are coping with the crisis," 24 Apr. 2020 Haven’t had an edible since that weekend at Jones Beach with your homegirls in ‘97? Keyaira Boone, Essence, "Watch Kelis Take Cannabis Cooking Higher On New Netflix Series," 8 Apr. 2020 But these videos always show elaborate ice moulds, unattainable ingredients like mugwort and edible flowers, and all sorts of serving tools that while beautiful, aren't entirely true to the idea of a home café. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "This Viral Coffee Recipe Is All Over TikTok," 8 Apr. 2020 Brugman says plans are in the works to make the produce boxes customizable, as well as to add boxes with citrus, edible flowers and seeds for customers to grow on their own. Nicole Ludden, azcentral, "Castle Hot Springs is selling its farm's produce to the public. Here's how to subscribe," 2 Apr. 2020 The Petaluma farm specializes in unusual greens and edible flowers, not the typical staples like carrots and cabbage people would likely want delivered every week. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Farmers’ markets are still open during coronavirus. But farmers’ livelihoods remain uncertain," 20 Mar. 2020 How many Tex-Mex cafes need a line item on the budget for microgreens and edible flowers? Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: New Marla Restaurant shines tiny light on vegan, Tex-Mex, Mexican food classics on San Antonio’s West Side," 20 Feb. 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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28 May 2020

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“Edible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edible. Accessed 2 Jun. 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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