food·​ie ˈfü-dē How to pronounce foodie (audio)
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web For foodies, Aspen’s Saturday market features local produce, and The Little Nell Culinary Fest (July 7-10) highlights dining experiences by esteemed Relais & Châteaux chefs. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 18 Apr. 2024 Editor’s note: In September 2023, Michelin awarded stars, five in total, to restaurants in Colorado for the first time, putting the state on the must-visit list for foodies. Lily O'Neill, The Denver Post, 18 Apr. 2024 And then there are the quieter times and tables, like the luncheon hours and nights early in the week when the Gold Room and the Green Room offer enticing spaces for adventurous foodies. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, 12 Apr. 2024 My recommendation is for foodies out there, or specifically anyone who really enjoys savory food. Michael Calore Lauren Goode, WIRED, 28 Mar. 2024 For some foodies, however, the day may mean the sunsetting of a perk: dining at the food court at Costco. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2024 For more food options, check out Raleigh Food Trap, created by local foodies Briana and Roger Kornegay. Tykesha Spivey Burton, Essence, 5 Apr. 2024 Every first Wednesday of the month, the city hosts a three-hour event attracting foodies from throughout the city and surrounding areas to try an array of eats sold from gourmet food trucks. Marcus D. Smith, Sacramento Bee, 2 Apr. 2024 The Korean method of grilling meat is beloved by diners around the world, and attracts foodie tourists. Min Joo Kim, Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of foodie was in 1980


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“Foodie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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: a person having an avid interest in the latest food fads

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