nu·​tri·​tious nu̇-ˈtri-shəs How to pronounce nutritious (audio)
nutritiously adverb
nutritiousness noun

Examples of nutritious in a Sentence

The food was both nutritious and delicious. opted for a nutritious snack and bought an apple instead of a candy bar
Recent Examples on the Web There are other programs for low-income families with children: SNAP or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps eligible individuals and families buy nutritious food and groceries. USA TODAY, 26 Feb. 2024 This initiative seeks to leverage the power of wholesome, nutritious foods to prevent, manage, and even reverse certain health conditions, thereby reducing reliance on conventional medications. Phil Lempert, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 Food insecurity is the lack of safe, nutritious food needed to sustain life and health. Patricia Lopez, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 Their food is delicious too, with some amazing healthy and nutritious options. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 9 Feb. 2024 Cassandra Curtis had founded the nutritious baby food brand two years earlier, but the actress came onboard alongside former Annie’s CEO John Foraker to take it to the next level. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2024 Dietary cholesterol in an overall nutritious diet is not a concern. Sheah Rarback, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 While Garner was always passionate about nutritious kids’ foods (she’s spent more than a decade as an ambassador for Save the Children), Once Upon a Farm’s recent category expansion has shown her more about the challenges of the industry. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2024 Nutritionists put him on a diet that included healthy, nutritious eating. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


Latin nutricius, from nutric-, nutrix nurse, from nutrire to nourish — more at nourish

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nutritious was in 1665

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Cite this Entry

“Nutritious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


nu·​tri·​tious n(y)u̇-ˈtrish-əs How to pronounce nutritious (audio)
: providing nutrients : nourishing

Medical Definition


nu·​tri·​tious n(y)u̇-ˈtrish-əs How to pronounce nutritious (audio)
: providing nourishment

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