plural noun
food·​ways | \ ˈfüd-ˌwāz How to pronounce foodways (audio) \

Definition of foodways

: the eating habits and culinary practices of a people, region, or historical period

Examples of foodways in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over distant centuries and recent decades, its people and their foodways have migrated to Southeast Asia and beyond; a global diaspora maintains culinary traditions that also at times convey mingled influences. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2022 As a result, many players, both in the United States and abroad, don’t see their foodways reflected in the game, especially dishes that originated in South Asia or Africa. New York Times, 7 Feb. 2022 By making a conscious effort to purchase from the surrounding region, the team is able to provide a unique look into the foodways and destination that is Upstate New York. Roger Sands, Forbes, 11 July 2022 There aren’t enough bakeries like Reem’s in the United States (proclaims this student of Arab foodways), but its existence has begun to inspire others around the country to similar heights of excellence. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2022 Its culinary applications are well documented, particularly in Central and South American foodways. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 One of the first was Olia Hercules, a London chef and cookbook author who grew up not far from Mariupol in Kakhovka, who has long been a chronicler of Ukrainian foodways. New York Times, 16 May 2022 Three members of the Auntie/Uncle Julius family, depicted by two-sided paintings on cutout panels, are seated for a meal that exemplifies African American foodways. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 The exhibition, which opened on June 4 and will run until September 11, 2022, examines the art and science of foodways and food traditions, many dating back thousands of years. Everett Potter, Forbes, 6 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of foodways

1941, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

28 Jul 2022

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“Foodways.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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