Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

food - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun food pronunciation in British English /fuːd/
Word Forms
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. [uncountable] the things that people or animals eat
    Prices of food and clothing have risen dramatically in recent years.
    All the food is cooked and served by volunteer helpers.
    Doctors stress the importance of good fresh food.
    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] a particular type of food
      People with this complaint cannot digest certain foods.
      I can’t eat spicy food.
      frozen/tinned food: a new range of frozen foods
      cat/dog/pet/baby food: a tin of cat food
      Italian/Chinese/Indian etc food: Do you like Chinese food?



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog