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 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 If the leaves or blossoms of the fruit are available, and are edible, throw a few in for good measure. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Let fruits take the cake," 6 Apr. 2021 While many garnishes are edible, the lasting use and allure of paper umbrellas and pineapple fronds, among other, more garish, favors, confirm that being fit for human consumption is not always a garnish prerequisite. Rebekah Peppler, Los Angeles Times, "How to garnish a cocktail? Here’s your guide to the basics — with a twist," 2 Apr. 2021 Every part of a dandelion is edible but there is no evidence that people through the 1800s would replace lawns with dandelions, and the plant is still viewed as beneficial. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Viral meme on benefits of dandelions is partly false," 30 Mar. 2021 Some species are edible, while others are just for looks! Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "Pineapple Plant Care Tips from an Expert," 30 Mar. 2021 For those interested in trying new foods, cicadas are edible, said Kasson, who compared the taste to tofu. BostonGlobe.com, "Billions (yes, billions) of cicadas soon to emerge from underground," 29 Mar. 2021 To the young viewer, a Roald Dahl-esque jingle like this one pinkie-promises a trippy, macabre world of adult order undone, an imaginative expanse where edible monsters roam free. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "Michelle Obama’s Lesson to Kids: You Are What You Watch," 29 Mar. 2021 To create an edible tassel, wrap licorice around a small piece of cardboard, creating loops; slip off cardboard. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "Mortarboard Chocolate Chip Ice-Cream Cake," 29 Mar. 2021 Native to western Asia and the eastern Mediterranean region, figs (Ficus carica) are members of the Moraceae family and are grown for their delicious edible fruit. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Brown tips on this healthy cypress tree are male pollen-bearing flowers," 28 Mar. 2021

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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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17 Apr 2021

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“Edible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edible. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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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