ed·​i·​ble | \ ˈe-də-bəl How to pronounce edible (audio) \

Definition of edible

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: fit to be eaten : eatable


plural edibles

Definition of edible (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that is suitable or safe to eat : something edible … growing mushrooms is becoming an increasingly popular activity. Growers come to Telluride for workshops in cultivating … exotic edibles— Barbara W. Fash et al. : a food item … there were not many complaints about the quality of the edibles and potables dispensed in the … reception room …— James Lardner Eating all their meals out, the only edibles they keep in their home are chocolate kisses.— Shelley Levitt and Mary Huzinec
2 : any of various food items containing THC Cannabis edibles include chocolates, cookies, and gummies, and entrepreneurs are coming up with new cannabis-infused concoctions all the time.— Jack Delaney Like alcohol, edibles can only be sold legally at licensed "dispensaries" to those 21 or older.— Sharlene Johnson

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Other Words from edible


edibility \ ˌe-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce edible (audio) \ noun
edibleness \ ˈe-​də-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce edible (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for edible

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of edible in a Sentence

Adjective a plant with edible leaves All of the decorations on the gingerbread house were edible.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Although these look similar to kale, the plants are not edible and are for decoration in the garden. Katarina Avendano, Good Housekeeping, 1 Oct. 2021 Whatever the truth is, the important part of the story is that the grains were discovered to be still edible once the outer burned part was removed. Washington Post, 9 July 2021 Native to Southeast Asia, the butterfly pea plant (Clitoria ternatea) has edible leaves that are often dried or ground into a powder. Dallas News, 30 Sep. 2020 Shrubs are planted in dense swaths, which livestock browse for edible leaves, and rows of fast-growing trees such as eucalyptus grow widely apart to leave plentiful grazing space. Eric Toensmeier, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2020 The cooked berries are edible and can be used in winemaking, jam, pies and other desserts. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Sep. 2021 The leaves are edible, very chive-like, and the flowers make an ordinary salad really pop, Martha Stewart-style. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Sep. 2021 While red urchin typically provide uni for sushi restaurants, purple urchin are edible, too. Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2021 Other dishes incorporate oysters grown in the Arabian Gulf, edible flowers sourced from a desert garden, Emirati kingfish, and native desert plants, to name a few. Alicia Erickson, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of edible


1594, in the meaning defined above


1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for edible


Late Latin edibilis, from Latin edere to eat — more at eat

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14 Oct 2021

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“Edible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edible. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of edible

: suitable or safe to eat


ed·​i·​ble | \ ˈe-də-bəl How to pronounce edible (audio) \

Kids Definition of edible

: fit or safe to eat

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