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Say you’re about to sit down and eat a meal with your family; what’s the best way to describe the food sitting on the dining room table?

Is it eatable or edible?

Chances are, you wouldn’t choose either of these words—unless you want to offend the host. But let’s assume they are your only two options. Is there a difference?

These two words are broadly synonymous—both meaning able to be eaten—but eatable vs. edible can be differentiated.

When to Use Eatable

IELTS Coaching in Coimbatore EatableEatable functions as an adjective. Something that is eatable is at least marginally enjoyable or palatable.

  • How can you eat there? Their food isn’t even eatable.
  • Rummaging through the empty containers, he looked for any eatable morsels left behind.
  • I know this doesn’t look very eatable, but it is delicious.

In this sense, eatable puts more of a focus on the palatability and taste of a food. Something may be perfectly fit for human consumption, but if its taste or texture make your throw up while eating it, you might say it is not eatable.

When to Use Edible

IELTS Coaching in Coimbatore EdibleEdible also functions as an adjective. Something that is edible is fit for human consumption without danger.

  • These mushrooms are edible but those over there are inedible. Stay away from those ones.
  • Some of the candle wax dripped onto the birthday cake, but it is edible wax, so it’s okay.

Just as eatable puts more of a focus on the palatability or taste of a food, edible put its emphasis on whether or not the food is safe for consumption, i.e., nonpoisonous and capable of being eaten without danger.

In this sense, a food could be said to be edible but not eatable, if there is nothing dangerous about consuming the food, but it taste disgusting.

Eatables and Edibles as Nouns

Both eatable and edible can function as nouns. When acting as a noun, they usually appear in the plural.

  • There were parcels of eatables left on the table.
  • The police confiscated marijuana edibles.
How Can I Remember the Difference?

Not sure how you are going to remember this distinction? Here is good trick.

Eatable is something that you can enjoy eating and can do it regularly. This is easy to remember because eatable has the word eat in it. So you eat things that are eatable.

Edible is something that is free from danger, safe to consume. Remember this because edible and dangerboth have the letter “D” in them.


While these two words both have to do with food and the ability to eat it, they focus on slightly different things. Whether you choose edible or eatable for your sentence depends on what you want to emphasize.

Eatable foods have at least some marginal enjoying qualities to them. They are palatable.

Edible foods are those that are fit for safe consumption.

This daily series is an effort by Sahasriya in providing best IELTS coaching in Coimbatore and beyond. These vital tips ensures your IELTS coaching in Coimbatore and in Bangalore and Chennai is more effective with Sahasriya which is what hundreds of students benefit everyday.

About Sindhu Sriram

Sindhu SriramAn education enthusiast and a self-made entrepreneur in devising unique and simple ways to educate complex elements. An English language expert and a successful role-model for many aspiring trainers. Not only is she the brainchild to have founded Sahasriya, she is a top-notch and sought after English language professional

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