foodie

noun
food·​ie | \ ˈfü-dē \

Definition of foodie 

: a person having an avid interest in the latest food fads

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Foodie is a relatively recent addition to our language (dating from the early 1980s), but it derives from a much older word, food, which has been with us for as long as there has been anything that could be called English. Food can be traced back through Middle English to the Old English form fōda, which is itself related to Old High German fuotar, meaning "food" or "fodder," and Latin panis, meaning "bread." Panis is the source for empanada (a turnover with a sweet or savory filling), panatela (a type of cigar), panettone (a kind of bread containing raisins and candied fruit), and pantry (a room used for the storage of provisions).

Examples of foodie in a Sentence

The restaurant is very popular among foodies.

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Stephens is a foodie and is thinking about going for some Korean barbecue with friends and Altidore. Vogue, "On and Off The Court—24 Hours with Sloane Stephens," 10 Dec. 2018 Surrounded by the fjords of the Aurland region, 29/2 Aurland is owned by a young couple who have transformed this former farm into a sanctuary for foodies and nature lovers alike. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 But even the top rewards cards need an update now and then—and this reboot of the AmEx Gold delivers perks that foodies and travelers will love. Ryan Craggs, Condé Nast Traveler, "The New American Express Gold Card Stacks Up Against the Best Travel Credit Cards," 4 Oct. 2018 More adventurous foodies should seek out food tours in unlikelier places. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Specialized tours enrich travel," 14 Nov. 2018 Writers write, nature lovers plant trees, foodies cook, spiritual people pray or hold a ceremony. Jessica Delfino, SELF, "How 9 Women Commemorated Their Miscarriages," 19 Oct. 2018 Orlando’s foodies came to our area’s defense with suggestions from Tasty Chomps’ Ricky Ly and an article blasting Zimmern from Orlando Weekly’s Faiyaz Kara. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "So you think Orlando is a culinary wasteland," 19 June 2018 With Malton martinis awaiting guests in the hotel’s fumoir, London’s fashionable foodies devoured crab toasties, pheasant pastry cases and local goats cheese bites. Vogue, "It-Brits Celebrate the Food of Malton With a Festive Dinner at Claridge’s," 15 Nov. 2018 The Times of London even called veganism one of the foodie trends of 2018. Abigail Higgins, Vox, "Why do people hate vegans so much?," 3 Nov. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'foodie.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of foodie

1980, in the meaning defined above

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foodie

noun

English Language Learners Definition of foodie

: a person who enjoys and cares about food very much

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