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[ed-uh-buh l] /ˈɛd ə bəl/
fit to be eaten as food; eatable; esculent.
Usually, edibles. edible substances; food.
Origin of edible
1605-15; < Late Latin edibilis, equivalent to ed(ere) to eat + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
edibility, edibleness, noun
nonedibility, noun
nonedible, adjective, noun
nonedibleness, noun
unedible, adjective
Can be confused
addable, edible.
1. comestible, consumable. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for edibles
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  • She placed steak and potatoes and other edibles in front of Latisan.

  • I had forgotten that some of our edibles may be strange to you.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • I might answer: "The price to buy Clothes and edibles for you, kid."

    Bib Ballads Ring W. Lardner
  • On this occasion every member of the family consumes all the edibles in sight.

    An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson
  • Fruits and other edibles of all kinds were kept in amphorae.

  • Many kinds of edibles can be made of wheat, and they can all be easily digested.

    A Guide to Health Mahatma Gandhi
British Dictionary definitions for edibles


plural noun
articles fit to eat; food


fit to be eaten; eatable
Derived Forms
edibility, edibleness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin edibilis, from Latin edere to eat
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Word Origin and History for edibles



1590s, from Late Latin edibilis "eatable," from Latin edere "to eat," from PIE root *ed- "to eat" (cf. Sanskrit admi "I eat;" Greek edo "I eat;" Lithuanian edu "I eat;" Hittite edmi "I eat," adanna "food;" Old Irish ithim "I eat;" Gothic itan, Old Swedish and Old English etan, Old High German essan "to eat;" Avestan ad- "to eat;" Armenian utem "I eat;" Old Church Slavonic jasti "to eat," Russian jest "to eat").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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