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 Eight guesthouses are sprawled around a quiet central lawn, edged by gardens filled with herbs, vegetables, and many of the 100 varieties of edible plants Terra grew this year. Chris Malloy, Condé Nast Traveler, "An Ambitious Culinary Resort Has Landed in Arizona’s High Desert," 30 Oct. 2019 Redbud leaves turn yellow in fall, and the magenta spring flower buds are edible in salads. Boston.com Real Estate, "Ask the Gardener: How to get rid of grubs for good," 1 Oct. 2019 In most cases, the entire exoskeleton is edible, making for a highly efficient food source. Julia Sclafani, Daily Pilot, "Cricket chips? Ant caviar? O.C. Fair showcases the latest sustainable healthy food trend: Bugs," 31 July 2019 And after nearly 8 hours in the sun, the outside of the biscuit is actually edible. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "WATCH: The Heatwave This Summer Is So Brutal One National Weather Service Office Just Baked Biscuits in a Car," 24 July 2019 Candies, baked goods and other edible products containing marijuana will, initially at least, continue to be banned. Ian Austen, New York Times, "Vote in Canada Paves the Way for Legalization of Marijuana," 19 June 2018 People who ingest edible marijuana products may not feel the effects for an hour or more. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF students’ edible marijuana scare underscores parents’ fears over legalization," 14 Feb. 2018 Callaway, suspended the first four games of this season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, used a CBD edible product over the summer to deal with pain from his high ankle sprain, a league source told cleveland.com. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Morgan Burnett lost for the year with a torn Achilles; Antonio Callaway loses appeal of 10-game suspension," 16 Nov. 2019 More than half of the calls about children involved edible marijuana products, according to data collected by the center’s Medical Director Dr. Cynthia Aaron. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "As Michigan gets closer to recreational weed sales, here's how it can affect your health," 15 Nov. 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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The first known use of edible was in 1594

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20 Feb 2020

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“Edible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edible. Accessed 27 Feb. 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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