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).

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The restaurant is very popular among foodies.
Recent Examples on the Web From croissants to steak frites, Paris is a culture and fashion-loving foodie’s dream. Kendall Cornish, Travel + Leisure, "These Are the World's Best Cities for Food," 8 July 2020 Buy sweet treats from local bakeries While many foodies have turned to stress baking during this pandemic, let someone else do the work and buy some goodies from a bakery. Alex Darus, cleveland, "How to support Greater Cleveland restaurants, food businesses from home," 12 Apr. 2020 The 22-year Beaver Dam resident got annoyed — and then motivated — because foodies on public radio were fawning over the large, sturdy and V-shaped pepper. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A little-known heirloom pepper has its own festival in Beaver Dam, where it arrived in America long ago," 3 Sep. 2019 In the Palermo area, connect with Sicily’s Norman history at the Cathedral at Monreale and the Norman Palace; the city also offers several street markets for foodies. Carol Sottili, Washington Post, "Why your next vacation should be in Sicily," 29 Jan. 2020 Magazines for travelers, for foodies, magazines for gear heads: magazines for just about any passion under the sun. Natalie Jarvey, Billboard, "Apple Unveils Subscription News, Video Streaming & Game Subscription Services," 25 Mar. 2019 Hand carved wooden spoons for the chef, delicious chocolate and coffee for the foodie, baby clothes for the new parent, printed accessories for the fashionistas: these stores have the perfect gift for most anyone. cleveland, "Shop local, shop fair: How to change the world with your wallet," 20 Apr. 2020 As the fourth-largest city in the country and the most populous in Texas, there's bound to be plenty of options for foodies to choose from. Shacamree Gowdy, Houston Chronicle, "These black-owned Houston restaurants need your support during the COVID-19 crisis," 21 Apr. 2020 Westworld's Jeffrey Wright plays Roebuck Wright, a combination of James Baldwin and one of the country's first foodies, A.J. Liebling, a journalist from the American South. Morgan Baila,, "Wes Anderson’s Dreamy French Dispatch Trailer Is Here," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of foodie

1980, in the meaning defined above

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“Foodie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 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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