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non·​veg·​e·​tar·​i·​an ˌnän-ˌve-jə-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce nonvegetarian (audio)
: not of, relating to, or suitable for vegetarians : not vegetarian
a nonvegetarian restaurant
a nonvegetarian meal


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plural nonvegetarians
: 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
Why is there discrimination between a vegetarian and a nonvegetarian? Oliver Whang, New York Times, 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, 3 Apr. 2017
There’s fun for nonvegetarians, too, including a carnivorous-plant demonstration and an edible-bug cafe. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, 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, 3 June 2016

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Word History

First Known Use


1883, in the meaning defined above


1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonvegetarian was in 1883

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“Nonvegetarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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