Origin of comestibleFrench ; from Classical Latin comestus, comesus, past participle of comedere, to eat ; from com-, intensive + edere, to eat
Origin of comestibleFrench, from Old French, from Late Latin comēstibilis, from Latin comēstus, alteration (influenced by pōtus, drunk) of comēsus, past participle of comedere, to eat up : com-, intensive pref.; see com– + edere, to eat; see ed- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more comestible, superlative most comestible)
- Suitable to be eaten; edible. [From 15th c.]
Relatively formal; edible is the usual term, while eatable is rather informal.
- (chiefly in the plural) Anything that can be eaten; food. [From 19th c.]
Rather formal; the simple term food is far more common. Similarly, the term beverage often serves as a formal equivalent of the more common drink. In both cases, the more elevated term (comestible, beverage) is of French origin, while the plain term (food, drink) is of Old English origin, and this stylistic difference by origin is common; see list of English words with dual French and Anglo-Saxon variations.
From Middle French comestible, or its source, Late Latin comestibilis, from Latin comedō (“I eat”), from com- (English com-) + edō (“I eat”) (as in English edible), from Proto-Indo-European (whence also English eat).
Attested as adjective in late 15th century, from Middle French, but fell from use in the 17th century, thence reintroduced from Modern French in 19th century.
Corresponding terms in various Romance languages, more distant cognates include Portuguese and Spanish comida.