[ kuh-mes-tuh-buh l ]
/ kəˈmɛs tə bəl /


edible; eatable.


Usually comestibles. articles of food; edibles: The table was spread with all kinds of comestibles.

Nearby words

  1. comely,
  2. comenius,
  3. comenius, john amos,
  4. comer,
  5. comes,
  6. comet,
  7. cometary,
  8. cometh,
  9. cometic,
  10. comeuppance

Origin of comestible

1475–85; < Late Latin comēstibilis, equivalent to Latin comēst(us), past participle of comedere to eat up (see comedo; -ēstus for -ēs(s)us by analogy with gestus, ūstus, etc.; see combust) + -ibilis -ible; see eat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for comestible


/ (kəˈmɛstɪbəl) /


(usually plural) food


a rare word for edible

Word Origin for comestible

C15: from Late Latin comestibilis, from comedere to eat up; see comedo

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Word Origin and History for comestible



1837, "article of food," from French comestible (14c.), from Late Latin comestibilis, from Latin comestus, past participle of comedere "eat up, consume," from com- "thoroughly" (see com-) + edere "to eat" (see edible). It was attested earlier as an adjective (late 15c.) meaning "fit to eat" but seems to have fallen from use 17c., and the word was reintroduced from French.

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