food·​ie | \ ˈfü-dē How to pronounce foodie (audio) \

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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Meghan has dubbed herself a foodie in multiple interviews, even writing a blog post dedicated to her favorite dishes. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "20 Facts About Meghan Markle's Life Before She Met Prince Harry," 15 Apr. 2019 Chef Chris Shepherd offered a foodie tour through Houston’s Asia Town, along with visiting chefs Aaron Franklin and Rodney Scott, as a VIP experience for his Southern Smoke barbecue festival. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "2018 Houston Barbecue Festival sends out happy smoke signals," 16 Apr. 2018 The retired Stoneham art teacher was a foodie, friends said, who inspired students during 40 years of teaching. Nestor Ramos,, "Alleged hit-and-run driver gave voice to attitude many adopt behind the wheel: Get out of my way," 7 June 2018 As Marcy Goodwin, a museum consultant in Albuquerque, N.M., says, people who like art tend to be foodies. Daniel Grant, WSJ, "What’s One of the Hottest Attractions at Museums? The Restaurant," 2 Oct. 2018 Label your jars Creme de la Craft Anthropologie sells a cute series of chalkboard label jars, but unfortunately, this foodie favorite isn't always available. Jamie Wiebe, House Beautiful, "15 Kitchen DIYs That Take One Hour Or Less," 24 Oct. 2014 But at heart, Rosenthal is a foodie in the purest sense of the word. Jenn Harris,, "‘Somebody Feed Phil’: How 'Everybody Loves Raymond' creator Phil Rosenthal became the unlikeliest food star," 29 June 2018 Indulge your inner foodie by grabbing lunch on the balcony of the West Side Market. Nikki Delamotte,, "Talk It Out: What are the best date destinations in Cleveland?," 19 Jan. 2018 Your four-legged foodie should dress up as his favorite celebrity chef. Katie Robinson, Town & Country, "30 Adorable Halloween Costume Ideas For Your Dog," 2 Oct. 2017

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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

informal : a person who enjoys and cares about food very much

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