dietary

noun
di·e·tary | \ˈdī-ə-ˌter-ē, -ˌte-rē\
plural dietaries

Definition of dietary 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: the kinds and amounts of food available to or eaten by an individual, group, or population

dietary

adjective

Definition of dietary (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to a diet or to the rules of a diet dietary guidelines

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from dietary

Adjective

dietarily \ˌdī-ə-ˈter-ə-lē, -ˈte-rə- \ adverb

Examples of dietary in a Sentence

Adjective

Many of our patients have special dietary needs.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Chaplains helped to accommodate his religious dietary needs by getting him extra portions of eggs and fish for protein. Bettina Hansen, The Seattle Times, "On Whidbey base, a Navy man observes Ramadan: ‘I’m proud of being an American, and I’m proud of being a Muslim’," 22 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The meal complies with dietary restrictions one or more family members might have. Jackie Pilossoph, chicagotribune.com, "8 ways simplify and enhance your family dinner experience," 28 June 2018 People with shellfish allergies or dietary restrictions on animal products have a new way to get the vital nutrient. Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News, "Remote Texas algae farm grows a food for the future," 27 June 2018 How does a person manage dietary restrictions while still achieving prenatal nutritional goals? Hannah Drown, cleveland.com, "How do celiac disease and gluten-free diets impact pregnancy?," 8 May 2018 Menus reflect the regions the ships pass through, are sensitive to dietary restrictions, and are complemented by such onshore experiences as restaurant takeovers (say, in Avignon). Carolyn Spencer Brown, Town & Country, "The Best River Cruises in the World, Ranked by Preference," 20 Nov. 2017 The sociocultural context of an Italian American dietary item. Mike Newall, Philly.com, "How the Hoagie Historian is fighting to save Philly's beleaguered History Museum | Mike Newall," 11 July 2018 The company also provides rehabilitation, physiotherapy and dietary advice and sells some pet food. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "Mars Expands Pet-Care Business With Purchase of Veterinary Firm AniCura," 11 June 2018 Mark Hyman, the medical director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, coined the term and is now championing the dietary approach. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "What to Know About the "Pegan" Diet, the Trendy New Paleo-Meets-Vegan Lifestyle," 14 Mar. 2018 Since 2003, neurologist Claudia Kawas and her team at the University of California, Irvine, surveyed 1,700 people between ages 90 and 99 about their dietary habits, medical history and daily activities. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Health drinks: Study says having 2 beers or 2 glasses of wine a day leads to a longer life," 21 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dietary.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of dietary

Noun

1838, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1614, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about dietary

Statistics for dietary

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for dietary

The first known use of dietary was in 1614

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for dietary

dietary

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of dietary

: of or relating to a diet

dietary

adjective
di·e·tary | \ˈdī-ə-ˌter-ē \

Kids Definition of dietary

: relating to a diet special dietary needs

dietary

noun
di·etary | \ˈdī-ə-ˌter-ē \
plural dietaries

Medical Definition of dietary 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: the kinds and amounts of food available to or eaten by an individual, group, or population

dietary

adjective

Medical Definition of dietary (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to a diet or to the rules of a diet a dietary disease dietary habits

Other Words from dietary

dietarily \ˌdī-ə-ˈter-ə-lē \ adverb

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on dietary

What made you want to look up dietary? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

one that holds something together

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!