[ee-tuh-buh l]



Usually eatables. articles of food.

Origin of eatable

First recorded in 1475–85; eat + -able
Related formsnon·eat·a·ble, adjectiveun·eat·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

(sometimes singular) food



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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