American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Fit to drink.
- n. A beverage, especially an alcoholic beverage: wine and other potables.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Drinkable; suitable for drinking.
- Hence Liquid; flowing.
- n. Anything that is drinkable; a drink.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Fit to be drunk; drinkable.
- n. any liquid suitable for drinking
- adj. suitable for drinking
- From Old French potable, from Latin pōtābilis, from pōtō ("I drink"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin pōtābilis, from Latin pōtāre, to drink, from pōtus, a drink; see pō(i)- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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