frui·​tar·​i·​an (ˌ)frü(t)-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce fruitarian (audio)
: a person who lives on fruit

Examples of fruitarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are hard-core fruitarians who only eat things that fell to the ground naturally, thus sparing the apple or orange or fig tree any unnecessary trauma. David Sedaris, CBS News, 26 Mar. 2023 Historians such as Fred Turner and Margaret O’Mara have emphasized the centrality of the hippie vibe of Northern California to the emergence of the tech industry: pot smoking at Atari, garage tinkerers building the early PCs, Steve Jobs as a long-haired fruitarian who disliked shoes. Kim Phillips-Fein, The New Republic, 11 May 2022 Deborah’s mother was once vice president of the New York Vegetarian society; for a while the family lived as fruitarians. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Dec. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fruitarian was in 1893

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Cite this Entry

“Fruitarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


fruit·​ar·​i·​an frü-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce fruitarian (audio)
: one who lives chiefly on fruit
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