Definition of perishable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈperəSHəb(ə)l/


1(Especially of food) likely to decay or go bad quickly.
Example sentences
  • Check use-by dates on packaging and pay particular attention to perishable foods, such as vacuum packed smoked salmon or ham and dairy products.
  • The Pot-in-pot system allows perishable food to be kept for long periods.
  • Soon many of you will be going away to school and will have to, for the first, brave the world of perishable food items.
1.1(Of something abstract) having a brief life or significance; transitory: ballet is the most perishable of arts
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  • Second, the performing arts are also perishable products that cannot be returned or resold.
  • Nobody can predict future opinions on so perishable an art as that of the motion picture.
  • If books are not the most perishable products of human civilization, they have, throughout recorded history, attracted the homicidal attentions of every conquering army.


Things, especially foodstuffs, likely to decay or go bad quickly.
Example sentences
  • Imagine how much easier food storage and transportation would be if perishables didn't have to be refrigerated.
  • The most likely option is to continue to have the perishables delivered as they currently are instead of integrating them into configured loads.
  • We have refrigerators, but we'd like to get a big plastic-wrapping machine so we could preserve the perishables longer.



Pronunciation: /ˌperəSHəˈbilədē/
Example sentences
  • It is a deeply accomplished and intelligent film about the fragility and perishability of love.
  • But with the kind of sales we're seeing there isn't much concern about perishability.
  • The same concept of perishability applies to the technology embedded in exported goods.

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Syllabification: per·ish·a·ble

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