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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According to Levi the target audience for O.Vine is foodies of all ages. Olivia Harrison,, "Wine-Infused Water Is Coming — So Even Your H20 Can Be Part Of The Rosé Trend," 15 June 2018 Cinephiles, soccer-fanatics and foodies, there are events for you, too. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This suburban bar is hosting yoga (yes, yoga) July 1," 25 June 2018 From a major opening at Disneyland to a Pasadena fest for music lovers and foodies alike, these are the best things to do in L.A. this weekend. Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, "The 8 Best Things Going On In L.A. This Weekend," 21 June 2018 Taos Goji El Prado, New Mexico Nestled in San Cristobal, Taos Goji is an organic farm that offers WWOOFers and foodies alike a chance to stay on a homestead dating back to the 1880s. Lindsay Cohn, USA TODAY, "Agriturismo, American style: 8 farm and food experiences in the USA," 15 June 2018 Early visitors to what is now Thai Town, a 2.61-square-mile stretch of East Hollywood between Western and Hyperion avenues, and foodies who have researched any Thai Town restaurant list from the 2000s, have heard of Thai Elvis. Jenn Harris,, "Viva Thai Elvis: One of dozens could be performing at your local restaurant," 25 May 2018 And, of course, there’s the Rant Wheel, where rant-worthy topics – foodies or Joel Osteen or Jared Kushner – are called out and people rant in response. John Timpane,, "Jon Lovett's 'Lovett or Leave It' comes to Philly live Sunday," 17 May 2018 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

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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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