5 Collective Nouns for Food

Written by Gabriel Cruz - Foodie, Animal Lover, Slang & Language Enthusiast

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Food is our main source of energy and nutrients. It is what keeps us fueled throughout the day. There is plenty of food to eat, and we also have categories for them. So, what is the collective noun for food? There are plenty, so here are the most common collective nouns for food.

Collective Nouns for Food


  • (Meaning) A group of food can be called a batch. A batch of food is produced simultaneously at one time and then served together. 

  • Example 1: I made a batch of blueberry muffins for you and your friends.

  • Example 2: Please cook a batch of pasta, for there will be visitors arriving later.


  • (Meaning) Some food is contained in bowls, which is why a group of a certain food is also called a bowl. 

  • Example 1: Get a bowl of rice in the kitchen and bring it out here for us to eat.

  • Example 2: I am sick of eating a bowl of cereals for breakfast every day.


  • (Meaning) There are certain types of food that come in a box. This food is often cooked all at once or can be stored again after opening the box. Therefore, some groups of food are called a box.

  • Example 1: Did you buy the box of cookies I asked you to buy yesterday?

  • Example 2: There is a box of cereals on the counter.


  • (Meaning) A group of food scooped up using hands is called a handful of food. This means that both hands are full of food and can also spill over.

  • Example 1: I got you a handful of food if ever you want to eat a little.

  • Example 2: Where is the handful of food I placed on the table a while ago?


  • (Meaning) A mouthful of food pertains to a person eating a lot of food all at once. This causes the person to have a hard time chewing or swallowing.

  • Example 1: Do not talk when you have a mouthful of food!

  • Example 2: Stop putting a mouthful of food in your mouth! 


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