pescatarian

noun
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

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 Filter for specific dietary preferences including paleo, carb-conscious, gluten-free, lean & clean, diabetes-friendly, Mediterranean, vegetarian, and pescatarian too. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Cdn, Nasm-cpt, Good Housekeeping, 16 June 2022 Although the menu changes often, other recent standouts included cuttlefish and Iberian pork jowl tartare (subbed out for sea urchin for the pescatarian at the table—delicious) with almond milk and caviar, and steak tartare over bone marrow. Ann Abel, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 The platform’s Eat section gives you easy and dietitian-approved meal plans created by top chefs for a range of diets (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and pescatarian) along with shopping lists. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Jan. 2022 And Sun Basket has released Mediterranean, pescatarian, and diabetes-friendly plans. Kyle Young, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021 Styles has been a pescatarian for three years, inspired by the vegan food that several members of his current band prepared on tour. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 11 Aug. 2021 My father, a longtime pescatarian, tried them and wove a theory (in jest, sort of) that the kitchen is serving actual crab to unsuspecting herbivores. David Kortava, The New Yorker, 24 Sep. 2021 Styles has been a pescatarian for three years, inspired by the vegan food that several members of his current band prepared on tour. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 11 Aug. 2021 Styles has been a pescatarian for three years, inspired by the vegan food that several members of his current band prepared on tour. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 11 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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6 Jul 2022

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“Pescatarian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pescatarian. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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