vegetable

noun
veg·​e·​ta·​ble | \ ˈvej-tə-bəl How to pronounce vegetable (audio) , ˈve-jə-, ˈvech- \

Definition of vegetable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually herbaceous plant (such as the cabbage, bean, or potato) grown for an edible part that is usually eaten as part of a meal also : such an edible part
3a : a person having a dull or merely physical existence
b informal + sometimes offensive : a person whose mental and physical functioning is severely impaired and especially one who requires supportive measures (such as mechanical ventilation) to survive

vegetable

adjective

Definition of vegetable (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, constituting, or growing like plants
b : consisting of plants : vegetational
2 : made from, obtained from, or containing plants or plant products vegetable soup vegetable fat
3 : resembling or suggesting a plant (as in inertness or passivity)

Examples of vegetable in a Sentence

Noun The doctor said I should eat more fruits and vegetables. a bowl of vegetable soup The accident had left him a vegetable.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Portraits of the governor and his wife posing with prize-winning vegetables (both are keen gardeners) decorate the walls of the family home in Ngabang, a town in the hills four hours’ drive from Pontianak, the provincial capital. The Economist, 20 July 2017 This summer, at the South Windsor Farmers Market, SoWin/EatsHealthy will be offering discounted boxes of fresh vegetables from local farmers. Courant Community, 17 July 2017 The Saturday Muldoon Farmers Market will have baklava, baked goods, rhubarb, crafts and loads of vegetables, including salad mixes, tomatoes, radishes, greens, zucchini, bok choy and herbs. Steve Edwards, Alaska Dispatch News, 12 July 2017 Like going to the bathroom, or, conversely, being able to eat: Human waste will be treated through a bio-fermentation process, and experimental crops and vegetables will be grown with the help of food and waste byproducts. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, Teen Vogue, 11 July 2017 In rats with diabetes, the compound, which occurs naturally in cruciferous vegetables, had the intended effect, reversing the genetic signature in the animals’ livers. Jessica Wapner, MSNBC Newsweek, 15 June 2017 Her family still has a small vegetable garden and a hillside plot filled with a few dozen white tea plants, but most of their crops have been replaced with cedar trees and a scattering of bamboo. Michael Holtz, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 June 2017 That’s no surprise, perhaps, given the organic revolution and the proximity to the state’s absurdly fertile Central Valley, which produces half of the country’s fruits and vegetables. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, 20 June 2017 The vendors sprawled across several streets with fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and coffee. Amanda Shine, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Sounds and smells from the streets wafted in — fresh fish splayed out on the sidewalk, the muezzins’ call to prayer — as the tram passed vegetable wagons and ornate colonial buildings. New York Times, 2 Sep. 2021 This salsa is great with baked tortilla chips or as a vegetable dip. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 29 Aug. 2021 Micaela Najmanovich will take over through the end of September, also with a vegetable-heavy menu that draws from her Jewish heritage and Buenos Aires restaurant, Anafe. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Aug. 2021 Trees’ sensitive root tips, for example, function like neurons in a kind of vegetable brain, Wohlleben suggests. Washington Post, 24 July 2021 People moved from farms to be closer to cities, and middle-class families could afford a house with both a vegetable garden and a flower garden. BostonGlobe.com, 16 July 2021 Danancher points out that in 1987, the chef launched a vegetable-centric menu at his restaurant Louis XV at the lavish Hotel de Paris in Monaco. Vivian Song, Robb Report, 28 June 2021 Pumpkins are equally as polarizing as avocados and tomatoes in the fruit versus vegetable debate. Zee Krstic And Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 23 June 2021 That can mean waking up at dawn, sharing homemade meals with ranch staff and spending hours on labor-intensive tasks, from tending vegetable gardens and feeding livestock to repairing fences and herding, even branding, cattle. Brigid Mander, WSJ, 18 June 2021

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First Known Use of vegetable

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for vegetable

Noun

Middle English, borrowed from Medieval Latin vegetābilia, plural noun derivative of vegetābilis vegetable entry 2

Adjective

Middle English, "capable of growth, of or like plants (able to grow but lacking motion or sensation)," borrowed from Medieval Latin vegetābilis, going back to Late Latin, "vivifying, refreshing," from vegetāre "to live, grow" + Latin -bilis "capable of (acting or being acted upon)" — more at vegetate, -able

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vegetable

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vegetable

: a plant or plant part that is eaten as food
: a person who is unable to talk, move, etc., because of severe brain damage

vegetable

adjective
veg·​e·​ta·​ble | \ ˈvej-tə-bəl How to pronounce vegetable (audio) , ˈve-jə-tə- \

Kids Definition of vegetable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: containing or made from plants or parts of plants vegetable oil

vegetable

noun

Kids Definition of vegetable (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a plant or plant part (as lettuce, broccoli, or peas) grown for use as food and eaten raw or cooked usually as part of a meal

vegetable

adjective
veg·​e·​ta·​ble | \ ˈvej-tə-bəl, ˈvej-ət-ə- How to pronounce vegetable (audio) \

Medical Definition of vegetable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, constituting, or growing like plants
b : consisting of plants
2 : made or obtained from plants or plant products

vegetable

noun

Medical Definition of vegetable (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a usually herbaceous plant (as the cabbage, bean, or potato) grown for an edible part also : such an edible part
2 : a person whose mental and physical functioning is severely impaired and especially one who requires supportive measures (as intravenous feeding or mechanical ventilation) to survive

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