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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Two days later on July 13, foodies (and junk food junkies) celebrate National French Fry Day, when many chains offer free or discounted fries. Chris Morris, Fortune, "7-Eleven Is Giving Out Free Slurpees Wednesday—and There's More Free Food For Days to Follow," 10 July 2018 Or if your hostess is more of a foodie, gift her a decorative set of plates from Tory Burch or a collection of herb and vegetable seeds to start a garden of her own. Alice Bell, Vogue, "17 Fourth of July Hostess Gift Ideas That Will Win You “Best Guest”," 27 June 2018 Today, Anderson Valley is California’s most exciting emerging wine region, a magnet for the 21st century’s new class of NoCal back-to-the landers: oenophiles, foodies, and others who want to live simply but sumptuously. Jody Rosen, Smithsonian, "This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wines," 14 June 2018 Listen up Fort Bend County foodies, Dunkin' Donuts is celebrating National Donut Day on Friday, June 1, by offering guests a free classic donut of their choice (while supplies last) with the purchase of any beverage. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Enjoy a free donut on National Donut Day at Dunkin' Donuts," 30 May 2018 Culinary trends like food trucks and dessert bars are oh-so-foodie. Lauren Chval,, "'It read like a dissection of our sex life': Recovering from a wedding toast disaster," 16 May 2018 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

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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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