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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.
Recent Examples on the Web
What’s the difference between edible cannabis and smoking weed? Sarah Linn, Sacramento Bee, 20 Apr. 2024 Sweet Treat: Mindy’s Bakery After winning a James Beard Award for outstanding pastry chef, running a successful restaurant, and launching a massively successful edible cannabis brand, what’s left for Mindy Segal to do? Ari Bendersky, Peoplemag, 15 Apr. 2024 Unlike the ubiquitous Eureka, Meyers have an edible rind, and the whole lemon can be added to the salsa. Lynda Balslev, The Mercury News, 1 Apr. 2024 Benny’s favorite chocolate cupcakes were topped with edible copies of his Topps baseball cards. Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2024 Just before serving, top each with a sprinkle of edible flowers. 14 of 18 Tea Party Dessert: Lavender-Honey Lemon Tart View Recipe Serve up a showstopping dessert for your Mother's Day tea. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Apr. 2024 The edible fruit can be used to make jelly, but watch for thorns on the shrub’s canes. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 4 Apr. 2024 One company offering a low dose Delta 8 edible is nama. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 Parmesan is also, of course, the name of the province’s most famous edible contribution to humanity. Molly Young, New York Times, 19 Mar. 2024
There is a movement toward establishing a unit dose for edibles and limiting how much THC can be consumed at once. Patrick Martin, NBC News, 4 Apr. 2024 Oral administration Capsules and edibles are a convenient way to consume CBD oil. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 Although Alpen Group is licensing Wana’s proprietary formulations, the edibles will be slightly different from those available in Colorado. Tiney Ricciardi, The Denver Post, 12 Mar. 2024 Delta 8 products are also commonly available in edibles resembling snack foods like Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, gummy worms, and Pop Rocks. Nicholas Florko, STAT, 12 Mar. 2024 Police identified one student as the distributor of the edibles and brought them and their parents to the police station for further investigation, authorities said. Kate Linderman, Kansas City Star, 23 Feb. 2024 Unlike previous proposals, the bill from Assembly Republicans would allow most forms of cannabis, including concentrates, oils, tinctures, edibles, pills, topical creams and vapors, among others. Journal Sentinel, 15 Feb. 2024 State regulators have sought to prevent customers from getting too high, but some medical marijuana advocates have complained that the limit will remove some of the most popular edibles from the market. Brad Branan, Sacramento Bee, 21 Feb. 2024 At least nine middle school students were given marijuana edibles by a fellow classmate, Michigan cops say. Kate Linderman, Kansas City Star, 23 Feb. 2024

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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 24 Apr. 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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