shelf-stable

adjective
shelf-sta·​ble | \ ˈshelf-ˌstā-bəl How to pronounce shelf-stable (audio) \

Definition of shelf-stable

: processed or packaged to withstand prolonged storage without refrigeration All the rage in Europe and Latin America, boxed shelf-stable milk has yet to catch on with U.S. consumers.— Christine Foster

First Known Use of shelf-stable

1952, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About shelf-stable

Time Traveler for shelf-stable

Time Traveler

The first known use of shelf-stable was in 1952

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near shelf-stable

shelf sea

shelf-stable

shelfy

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for shelf-stable

Cite this Entry

“Shelf-stable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shelf-stable. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

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!