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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).

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The restaurant is very popular among foodies.
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First Known Use of foodie

1980, in the meaning defined above

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“Foodie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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