- The definition of food is nourishment taken into the body.
An example of food is chicken parmigiana.
This chicken parmigiana is food.
- any substance taken into and assimilated by a plant or animal to keep it alive and enable it to grow and repair tissue; nourishment; nutriment
- solid substances of this sort
- a specified kind of food
- anything that nourishes or stimulates; whatever helps something to keep active, grow, etc.: food for thought
Origin of foodMiddle English fode ; from Old English foda ; from Indo-European pāt-, to feed, eat ; from base an unverified form pā-, to pasture cattle from source Classical Latin pastor, pabulum, pascere, to feed, panis, bread
- of or relating to food
- used as food
- Material, usually of plant or animal origin, that contains or consists of essential body nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals, and is ingested and assimilated by an organism to produce energy, stimulate growth, and maintain life.
- A specified kind of nourishment: breakfast food; plant food.
- Nourishment eaten in solid form: food and drink.
- Something that nourishes or sustains in a way suggestive of physical nourishment: food for thought.
Origin of foodMiddle English fode, from Old English fōda; see pā- in Indo-European roots.
(usually uncountable, plural foods)
- (uncountable) Any substance that is or can be consumed by living organisms, especially by eating, in order to sustain life.
- The innkeeper brought them food and drink.
- (countable) A foodstuff.
- This shop stocks many hundreds of different foods.
- (uncountable, figuratively) Anything intended to supply energy or nourishment of an entity or idea.
- The man's inspiring speech gave us food for thought.
- Adjectives often applied to "food": raw, cooked, baked, fried, grilled, processed, healthy, unhealthy, wholesome, nutritious, safe, toxic, tainted, adulterated, tasty, delicious, fresh, stale, sweet, sour, spicy, exotic, marine.
From Middle English fode, fude, from Old English fōda (“food”), from Proto-Germanic *fōdô (“food”), from Proto-Indo-European *peh₂- (“to guard, graze, feed”). Cognate with Scots fuid (“food”), Low German föde, vöde (“food”), Danish føde (“food”), Swedish föda (“food”), Icelandic fæða, fæði (“food”), Gothic (fōdeins, “food”), Latin pānis (“bread, food”), Latin pāscō (“feed, nourish”, verb). Related to fodder, foster.