non·​per·​ish·​able ˌnän-ˈper-i-shə-bəl How to pronounce nonperishable (audio)
: processed or packaged to withstand prolonged storage : not perishable
nonperishable staples
… canned vegetables, boxed cereals and other nonperishable packaged foods.Frank D. Roylance
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 Community members can drop off nonperishable food items at participating VFW locations throughout the county (visit Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Nov. 2023 Argentines rushed to fill gas tanks and hoard nonperishable food before prices rose. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2023 Take action Food: Eat perishable food first, then move onto nonperishable items. Cameron Fozi, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Oct. 2023 While the festival is free, organizers have partnered with the Food Bank of Alaska and are asking each attendee to bring a nonperishable food item. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Aug. 2023 Bring nonperishable food to donate to Interfaith Community Services. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Sep. 2023 These types of kits range from basic first-aid bags and car jump-starter gear to backpacks comprising hundreds of supplies like nonperishable food, emergency blankets, waterproof matches, tools, and water filtration systems. Eva Rothenberg, CNN, 26 Aug. 2023 Find nonperishable foods like storable milk that don’t require refrigeration. Kaitlin Vogel, Health, 22 Aug. 2023 American also worked with nonprofits to send in shipments of supplies such as nonperishable food, baby formula and diapers to the island. NBC News, 15 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonperishable was in 1864

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“Nonperishable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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