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.

Recent Examples on the Web

The new store was to have been branded as Market Street Idaho, the company’s new concept for stores for foodies that emphasize fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and seafood, and in-store meals. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Albertsons looks to serve foodies as it readies new Broadway store for grand opening," 19 Apr. 2018 Between gourmet seder feasts and Good Friday fish fries, there will also be plenty of festive options for foodies this weekend. Editors, USA TODAY, "Good Friday, Passover and Mega Millions: 5 things to know Friday," 30 Mar. 2018 Hear professional chefs, foodies and others share their stories from the kitchen and beyond. Indianapolis Star, "Discounted Tickets to IndyStar Storytellers," 20 Oct. 2017 For real foodies, though, a robot that can turn its hand to almost anything culinary would be the acme of automation. The Economist, "The rise of the robochef," 12 July 2018 Once a year, about 5,000 foodies descend upon this picturesque mountain town for the Food & Wine Classic, filled with $10,000 wine tastings and gold-leaf eggs Benedict. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Diamonds, caviar and the Instagram-famous: Inside America's most exclusive food festival," 19 June 2018 Right now, Alexis Cervasio is that disruptor—and her East Boston Oysters pop-up dinner series is stirring up serious buzz with the city’s in-the-know foodies. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "This Oyster-and-Caviar Pop-Up Is Shaking Up Boston’s Culinary Scene," 4 June 2018 Akelarre Spain's Basque Country already attracts foodies the world over like a magnet. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best New Hotels in the World," 1 May 2018 Portland lures foodies with a mix that includes dining all-stars like Central Provisions, Fore Street, Eventide Oyster Co., Standard Baking Co., and two rival gelato shops (both really good)., "Find out just how much of a foodie city Portland is on a Maine Food for Thought Tour," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of foodie

1980, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of foodie

: a person who enjoys and cares about food very much

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