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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Most Houston foodies have their go-to place for fried chicken. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Houston restaurants mark National Fried Chicken Day," 3 July 2019 Bite30 has been in effect since June 1, so the time to get in on one of Orlando’s best foodie forward offers is drawing to a close. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Pictures: Delights of Bite30. Plan your final foodie forays.," 18 June 2019 FOOD Cincinnati Food Truck Festival Release your inner foodie with this free and family-friendly event. Noelle Zielinski,, "Summer festivals guide 2019," 12 June 2019 However, what made this dinner party different was that the key talking point— terpenes (more on that later)—was something about which this group of seasoned foodies knew very little. Billy Lyons, Fortune, "How to Eat, Drink, and Appreciate Cannabis at Restaurants," 15 June 2019 Throw in the rotating cast of foodies at this starred 25-seat shrine, and the population would swell to 233, plus the guys in the kitchen and the waitstaff! Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Curiosities abound at California’s newest Michelin starred restaurants," 4 June 2019 Recipe for a Perfect Christmas More of a foodie than a film buff? Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "The Best Lifetime Channel Movies for Superfans," 21 May 2019 According to Billboard, Jin is BTS's resident foodie. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Here's Everything You Need To Know About BTS Member Jin," 20 May 2019 Avid-cook dads envision the ideal Father’s Day What do these foodie fathers have planned for the one day a year that’s devoted to them? Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breakfast in bed? These dads would rather be in the kitchen," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of foodie

1980, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of foodie was in 1980

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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