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[ee-tuh-buh l] /ˈi tə bəl/
Usually, eatables. articles of food.
Origin of eatable
First recorded in 1475-85; eat + -able
Related forms
noneatable, adjective
uneatable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for eatables
Historical Examples
  • In return for this service of theirs, the crows and foxes share in all man's eatables.

    Aino Folk-Tales Basil Hall Chamberlain
  • After a spell I got up and took account of stock, as you might say, of the eatables in the shanty.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • But he was surprised to see the variety of eatables upon that table.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • The fellow had provided all these eatables himself in the way of business.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • We must get a supply of eatables to-night or in the morning.

    Breaking Away Oliver Optic
  • Many places in the city were named from eatables or other articles that were sold in them.

  • We tried some of these, and found them most delicious, as indeed were all the other eatables we consumed.

  • She might restrict my eatables, but I'd be hanged if I was going to have her meddle with my drinks.

    Dream Days Kenneth Grahame
  • Calm is restored at last; the next day we get the nurses to buy us some eatables.

    Sac-Au-Dos Joris Karl Huysmans
  • Fragments of biscuit, with other débris of eatables, not known to Indians, were evidence of this.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for eatables


plural noun
(sometimes sing) food


fit or suitable for eating; edible
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Word Origin and History for eatables



late 15c., from eat + -able.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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