non·​per·​ish·​able | \ ˌnän-ˈper-i-shə-bəl How to pronounce nonperishable (audio) , -ˈpe-ri- \

Definition of nonperishable

: processed or packaged to withstand prolonged storage : not perishable nonperishable staples … canned vegetables, boxed cereals and other nonperishable packaged foods.— Frank D. Roylance

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Other Words from nonperishable

nonperishable noun, plural nonperishables
Cod was also the original traveling food—dried and salted, it was one of the world's first nonperishables — Molly Benjamin

Examples of nonperishable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Drop off nonperishable food items at the contactless drive-through between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Star Tribune, "Twin Cities Salvation Army holds final food drive to meet record goal," 26 Mar. 2021 Parking is $5, but admission is free with the donation of four cans or nonperishable food items that’ll be donated to Woodside Food Pantry, a news release states. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, "Socially distant holiday photos, activities make a comeback for Easter weekend," 23 Mar. 2021 Laurel Cub Scout Pack 602, including the members of Den 5, is also collecting nonperishable food items for LARS on Saturday as part of Scouting for Food, an annual food drive held by Boy Scouts of America. Katie V. Jones,, "Cub Scouts create care packages for Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services," 12 Mar. 2021 Since the law was enacted, the North Dakota Department of Health has been pushing back, asking the state legislature to again legalize nonperishable foods only. Meleyna Nomura, Bon Appétit, "In Some States, Selling Homemade Food Is Illegal. This Home Cook Fought the Law—and Won.," 22 Feb. 2021 Chung said people should try to stock up with a two-week supply of nonperishable food and water. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, "About all these recent little earthquakes in the Bay Area: Should we be worried?," 24 Feb. 2021 The kit should include a gallon of water per day for each person; nonperishable food items; medications; tools and supplies; sanitation and hygiene products; clothing and bedding; important documents and first aid supplies, the CDC says. Kaanita Iyer, USA TODAY, "The CDC wants you to prepare for a zombie apocalypse. (Yes, you read that right.)," 6 Mar. 2021 The monthlong event aims to collect 2 million pounds of nonperishable items to restock its seven food pantries until summer to meet the growing demand for help. Star Tribune, "Salvation Army hosts Twin Cities drive-through food drives Friday and Saturday to collect donations," 4 Mar. 2021 Students at Discovery Isle also took part in a holiday drive, donating more than 150 nonperishable food items to the San Diego Food Bank. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, Feb. 25," 25 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of nonperishable

1864, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonperishable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nonperishable

: able to be stored for a long time before being eaten or used


non·​per·​ish·​able | \ ˌnän-ˈper-i-shə-bəl \

Kids Definition of nonperishable

: able to be stored for a long time without spoiling nonperishable food items

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