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[ee-tuh-buh l]
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  1. edible.
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  1. Usually eatables. articles of food.
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Origin of eatable

First recorded in 1475–85; eat + -able
Related formsnon·eat·a·ble, adjectiveun·eat·a·ble, adjective
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Related Words for eatables

subsistence, nourishment, nutrition, livelihood, fodder, grub, menu, feed, cuisine, snack, meat, drink, foodstuff, fare, cooking, meal, bread, pap, wherewithal, aliment

Examples from the Web for eatables

Historical Examples of eatables

  • 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.

  • We must get a supply of eatables to-night or in the morning.

    Breaking Away

    Oliver Optic

British Dictionary definitions for eatables


pl n
  1. (sometimes singular) food
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  1. fit or suitable for eating; edible
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Word Origin and History for eatables



late 15c., from eat + -able.

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