from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Fit to drink.
  • noun A beverage, especially an alcoholic beverage.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Drinkable; suitable for drinking.
  • Hence Liquid; flowing.
  • noun Anything that is drinkable; a drink.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Fit to be drunk; drinkable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Good for drinking without fear of poisoning or disease.
  • noun Any drinkable liquid; a beverage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any liquid suitable for drinking
  • adjective suitable for drinking


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French potable, from Latin pōtābilis, from pōtō ("I drink").



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