pes·​ca·​tar·​i·​an | \ ˌpe-skə-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce pescatarian (audio) \
variants: or pescetarian

Definition of pescatarian

: one whose diet includes fish but no other meat

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The Difference Between Vegetarian, Vegan, and Other Diets

The word vegetarian sprouted up in 1839. Fruitarian ("a person who lives on fruit") ripened by 1893. In 1944, vegetarians who consume no animal or dairy products began calling themselves vegans. Then, in 1993, those who eat fish but no other meat chose pesce, the Italian word for "fish," to create the designation pescatarian. In that same year, meatatarian was served up as a word for those whose diet largely includes meat; that word is rare, however, and is usually used in informal and humorous ways, making it the type of fare not included in our dictionaries. Another fairly recent dietary word is flexitarian, a person who follows a mostly vegetarian diet but occasionally eats meat or fish.

Examples of pescatarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Matthews, a pescatarian, lavishes just as much attention on seafood and vegetables. Washington Post, "2021 Spring Dining Guide," 28 Apr. 2021 Styles has been a pescatarian for three years, inspired by the vegan food that several members of his current band prepared on tour. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Playtime With Harry Styles," 13 Nov. 2020 The basics: The simple meal delivery service is the largest meal kit provider in the US, focusing on various meal plans for every kind of eater (including family-friendly, meat and veggies and pescatarian options). Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "Get Thanksgiving delivered this year with these 8 easy meal kits," 9 Nov. 2020 There are many kinds of vegetarians, from those who only eat fruit, nuts and seeds, to pescatarians, who avoid all animal protein sources except for fish. Ellen Lee, New York Times, "Feed your vegan or vegetarian child a well-balanced diet and plenty of calories.," 17 Apr. 2020 Silo’s current menu only features one meat dish, while Nolla’s menu is about 1/3 vegan, 1/3 pescatarian and 1/3 meat. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Rise of ‘Zero-Waste’ Restaurants," 16 Mar. 2020 Seafood and Fish Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas Wow the pescatarians in your life with lobster. Margaux Laskey, New York Times, "Our Best Valentine’s Day Recipes: Lobster, Steak, Chocolate and More," 12 Feb. 2020 More than 40 percent of pescatarians in one study did not believe that fish was meat, Psychology Today reports. Brian Skerry, National Geographic, "How did we save wild turkeys?," 28 Nov. 2019 While one goes vegan and one turns pescatarian, Paltrow is assigned a five-day fast that leaves her slumped over a couch in a comfy striped sweater, salivating over the bags of tea she is allowed to swallow the next day. Marianne Garvey, CNN, "Watching 'The Goop Lab' could turn you into a member of the Goop troop," 23 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of pescatarian

1991, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pescatarian

probably from Italian pesce fish (from Latin piscis) + English vegetarian

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The first known use of pescatarian was in 1991

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7 May 2021

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“Pescatarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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