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 Products have the same shelf life no matter the point of sale. Laura Daily, Washington Post, "Buying in bulk can save you money or it can waste money. Here’s how to do it right.," 20 Aug. 2020 Chia seeds have a long shelf life and will keep for several years when stored in a cool, dry place. Christina Chaey, Bon Appétit, "Chia Seeds: Everything You Need to Know About This Powerhouse Superfood," 24 Aug. 2020 The one exception is vanilla extract, which has a long shelf life. Condiments. Laura Daily, Washington Post, "Buying in bulk can save you money or it can waste money. Here’s how to do it right.," 20 Aug. 2020 No-cook foods with a long shelf life are great choices. Popular Science, "11 essential items for four specialized survival kits," 18 Aug. 2020 Its color is more opaque than apple juice and has a shorter shelf life of about 7 to 10 days refrigerated. Julia Ludlam, Country Living, "What's the Difference Between Apple Cider and Apple Juice?," 13 Aug. 2020 Hence the Vikings’ concerns about a long-term commitment to a player with a potential short shelf life. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, "Vikings' 2020 training camp preview: Running backs," 5 Aug. 2020 Since the blossoms have a short shelf life, use them within a day of purchasing. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "Our Best Classic Italian Recipes for Red-Sauced, Olive-Oiled Glory," 30 May 2017 Though just as storing nuts in the fridge increases their shelf life, the same goes for flaxseeds and flaxseed meal. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Must-Know Sign That Your Flaxseeds Have Gone Bad," 7 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of shelf life

1927, in the meaning defined above

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“Shelf life.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shelf%20life. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce shelf life (audio) \

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

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