non·​food ˌnän-ˈfüd How to pronounce nonfood (audio)
: something that is not food
usually used before another noun
nonfood products
Because hypermarkets charge higher prices for nonfood items, they can cut prices on groceries.Annetta Miller

Examples of nonfood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Benefits cannot be used to buy alcohol, tobacco products, vitamins, live animals, prepared foods, or any nonfood household items. Rachel Schilke, Washington Examiner, 3 Jan. 2024 At the Tofurky facility, an X-ray machine scans the internal structure of the roasts to check for foreign objects or other nonfood items such as plastic or metal. Lee Powell, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 Meanwhile, the government urged Indian farmers to grow nonfood export crops to earn foreign currency. Glenn Davis Stone, The Conversation, 4 Oct. 2023 Food stamps cannot be used for alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco products, vitamins, prepared foods, hot foods, or nonfood items (pet food, cleaning supplies, cosmetics, etc.). Rachel Schilke, Washington Examiner, 28 Aug. 2023 Teal is actually the color of food allergy awareness, and pumpkins in the color on fall front porches and stoops have come to indicate allergy-friendly homes, which either have separate bowls for different types of candy or offer nonfood items to trick-or-treaters instead. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, 23 Aug. 2023 The entertainment industry, social media and celebrity culture are all big drivers in nonfood uses of other species. Gina Errico, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2023 Shell also is providing a fuel made from sugar cane waste and other nonfood wastes. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 3 June 2023 China’s consumer inflation eased to its lowest level in more than two years, as food and nonfood prices moderated, official data showed Thursday., 11 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonfood was in 1902

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Cite this Entry

“Nonfood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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