non·​veg·​e·​tar·​i·​an | \ ˌnän-ˌve-jə-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce nonvegetarian (audio) \

Definition of nonvegetarian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not of, relating to, or suitable for vegetarians : not vegetarian a nonvegetarian restaurant a nonvegetarian meal


plural nonvegetarians

Definition of nonvegetarian (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who eats meat or fish : a person who is not a vegetarian Nonvegetarians might use well-reduced chicken stock here, to add yet another layer of flavor.— Mark Bittman

Examples of nonvegetarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Why is there discrimination between a vegetarian and a nonvegetarian? Oliver Whang, New York Times, "Meet the Bird Medics of New Delhi," 19 Feb. 2020 All nonvegetarian broths and stocks are made by simmering bones, aromatics and other ingredients for hours on the stove. Jolene Thym, The Mercury News, "Taste-Off: Best bone broths — and the icky ones," 3 Apr. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’s fun for nonvegetarians, too, including a carnivorous-plant demonstration and an edible-bug cafe. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "Events for Children in NYC This Week," 1 Feb. 2018 Not all of the protesters’ ideology is known, but local Hindi news media said that its adherents were calling for higher gasoline subsidies, the use of gold coins as currency and punishment for nonvegetarians. Hari Kumar, New York Times, "24 Killed as Armed Protesters Clash With the Police in India," 3 June 2016

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1883, in the meaning defined above


1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonvegetarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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