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.
Recent Examples on the Web As veganism has grown, so too has this segment of foodie travel. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Google search trends show how travel has changed in the last decade," 29 Dec. 2019 For the foodies in your life, give them a gift their palette will adore. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "20 host and hostess gifts that are better than a fruit basket," 9 Dec. 2019 The Food Hall of Fame Committee, consisting of food professionals and foodies, will announce the finalists Jan. 27 and the winners Feb. 24 at an induction ceremony, 5:30-8 p.m., at the Ron Robinson Theater in downtown Little Rock. Eric E. Harrison, Arkansas Online, "RESTAURANT TRANSITIONS: Cotham's installing 'Hubcap Burger Co.' in Little Rock; Raising Cane's debuts in North Little Rock; seafood places shift, open in Little Rock and North Little Rock," 5 Dec. 2019 Expect more than 90 vendors, including restaurants, start-ups and foodies with side hustles, to fill Union Market’s Dock 5 this weekend. Washington Post, "15 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 7 Nov. 2019 As a foodie, Robinson uses Tastemakers to curate delicious tours such as seafood and honey- wine tasting trips to Morocco and food crawls through South Africa. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Cherae Robinson of Tastemakers Africa Shows You How To Explore The Flavors Of Ghana," 5 Nov. 2019 View this post on Instagram Happy Hour / $5 bites A post shared by Linger (@lingerdenver) on Jun 26, 2019 at 2:43pm PDT Denver is a foodie’s dream: Packed with high-end restaurants and local dives, there’s truly a taste for every palette. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "Your Guide to a Great Weekend in Denver," 1 Nov. 2019 Also, a chance to mingle with Sun Sentinel staffers (including yours truly) and other devoted foodies who share restaurant tips, news and views. Michael Mayo,, "Party with us at 3 Sons Brewing: Sun Sentinel’s ‘Let’s Eat’ Facebook group to hold anniversary bash Nov. 10," 30 Oct. 2019 This week Chaguan visited Number 8 Market, a bustling foodie’s delight in the coastal city of Xiamen. The Economist, "The planet needs China to curb its appetite for meat," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of foodie

1980, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jan 2020

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“Foodie.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 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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