- (uncountable) Any solid substance that can be consumed by living organisms, especially by eating, in order to sustain life.
- Synonyms: Thesaurus:food
- The innkeeper brought them food and drink.
- (countable) A foodstuff.
- Synonyms: belly-timber, foodstuff, provender, Thesaurus:food
- 2006, C Williams, J Buttriss, Improving the Fat Content of Foods ISBN 1845691075, page 492:
- Variation and changes in the trans fatty acid content of different foods, especially in processed foods, further complicate such estimates.
- (uncountable, figuratively) Anything that nourishes or sustains.
- hypo en
- The man's inspiring speech gave us food for thought.
- Mozart and Bach are food for my soul.
- 1598–1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “Much Adoe about Nothing”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iii]:
- This may prove food to my displeasure.
- In this moment there is life and food / For future years.
- (substance consumed by living organisms) belly-timber (archaic, now only humorous or regional), chow (slang), comestible (formal), eats (slang), feed (for domesticated animals), fodder (for domesticated animals), foodstuffs, nosh (slang), nourishment, provender, sustenance, victuals
- French: nourriture, alimentation, manger, bouffe
- German: Nahrung, Essen, Lebensmittel, Speise
- Italian: cibo, alimento, vitto
- Portuguese: comida, alimento
- Russian: еда́
- Spanish: alimento, comida, víveres
- French: aliment
- Italian: cibo, alimento
- Portuguese: alimento
- Russian: еда́
- Spanish: alimento, comida, vianda