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

Other Words from edible


edibility \ ˌe-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce edible (audio) \ noun
edibleness \ ˈe-​də-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce edible (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for edible

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

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 Seaweed -- yes, the brownish-green ribbons and bundles of oceanic plantlike matter that wash up on beaches -- is in fact edible. Casey Barber, CNN, 21 July 2022 Okra flowers and leaves are edible, both cooked and raw. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 18 July 2022 My go-to table styling trick is that almost everything should be edible. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 11 July 2022 Wondering if the cooked chicken in your fridge is still edible? Robin Miller, USA TODAY, 26 June 2022 Loquats are every bit as messy as jacarandas but are at least edible and delicious — same with figs. Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2022 The team of students tested a variety of ingredients before choosing the combination that was edible and safe but strong enough to contain larger wraps. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 20 May 2022 Lots of plants, both edible and ornamental, can get powdery mildew. Rita Pelczar, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 May 2022 The Seed Library is intended to help the community in creating edible and ornamental home and community gardens. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2022 See More

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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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3 Aug 2022

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More Definitions for edible


ed·​i·​ble | \ ˈe-də-bəl How to pronounce edible (audio) \

Kids Definition of edible

: fit or safe to eat

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