ste·​via ˈstē-vē-ə How to pronounce stevia (audio)
: any of a genus (Stevia) of composite herbs and shrubs of tropical and subtropical America
especially : a white-flowered tender perennial (S. rebaudiana) native to Paraguay
: a white powder composed of one or more intensely sweet glycosides derived from the leaves of a stevia (S. rebaudiana) and used as noncaloric sweetener

Examples of stevia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some rely on a single sweetener such as aspartame, stevia or Sucralose. Jolene Thym, The Mercury News, 9 July 2024 Despite being sweetened with a mix of erythritol and stevia, the chocolatey flavor was not marred by any unpleasant aftertaste. Melissa Nieves, Verywell Health, 20 June 2024 Opt for Calorie-Free Sweeteners As a substitute for sugary toppings, like maple syrup, Barron recommended using a calorie-free sweetener—like stevia—if your goal is to reduce the calories of your cottage cheese bowl. Maggie O'Neill, Verywell Health, 11 June 2024 There is little research on the consumption of non-nutritive sweeteners, such as stevia, in children. Willow Jarosh, Ms, Parents, 11 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for stevia 

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Word History


New Latin, from Petrus Jacobus Stevus (Pedro Jaime Esteve) †1555 Spanish physician and botanist

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stevia was in 1806

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Cite this Entry

“Stevia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


ste·​via ˈstē-vē-ə How to pronounce stevia (audio)
: a South American perennial shrub (Stevia rebaudiana) of the composite family
also : a very sweet noncaloric glycoside-containing substance that is obtained from the leaves of the stevia
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