shelf life

noun

Definition of shelf life 

: the period of time during which a material may be stored and remain suitable for use broadly : the period of time during which something lasts or remains popular

Examples of shelf life in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Use our vegetable storage advice for maximizing your bounty’s shelf lifeFor the last of your tomato harvest, the question is always whether to store in the fridge or on the counter. Sunset, "How to Store Your Garden Harvest," 22 Jan. 2018 Our sporting memories have the shelf life of a Cabinet member. Nick Canepa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Latest star Laker? Yeah, just forgot all the early great ones," 7 July 2018 The spongy British treats, often served with tea, are moist, so producers use carbon dioxide in packaging to give them a shelf life of about a week. Amie Tsang, New York Times, "U.K. Fears for Its Beer and Crumpets. Blame a Carbon Dioxide Shortage.," 29 June 2018 But the warehouse chain quietly testing technology that could more than double the shelf life of vegetables and fruits. Caitlin Dewey, latimes.com, "This start-up can make avocados last twice as long before going bad," 19 June 2018 And the Kellogg Company recalled boxes that were within the cereal's one-year shelf life. Devon Elizabeth, SELF, "Update: There Are Now 100 Salmonella Cases Linked to Recalled Honey Smacks Cereal," 13 July 2018 More electric storage and transmission Electricity has no shelf life. Nathanael Johnson, WIRED, "Where Can Climate Activists Find Common Ground?," 9 July 2018 Unlike wax, Apeel is designed to optimize water and oxygen exchange, boosting quality and shelf life, Rogers said. Caitlin Dewey, latimes.com, "This start-up can make avocados last twice as long before going bad," 19 June 2018 That the avocado’s frustratingly short shelf life had reached meme status was not lost on James Rogers. Beth Kowitt, Fortune, "Millennials, Rejoice! Costco Is Selling New Avocados That Stay Ripe Twice as Long," 19 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'shelf life.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of shelf life

1927, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about shelf life

Share shelf life

Statistics for shelf life

Last Updated

24 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for shelf life

The first known use of shelf life was in 1927

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for shelf life

shelf life

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shelf life

: the length of time that food may be stored and still be good to eat

: the length of time during which something or someone lasts or remains popular

shelf life

noun
\ˈshelf-ˌ \

Medical Definition of shelf life 

: the period of time during which a material (as a food or drug) may be stored and remain suitable for use

More from Merriam-Webster on shelf life

See words that rhyme with shelf life

Comments on shelf life

What made you want to look up shelf life? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not any or not one

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!