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noun veg·e·tar·i·an \ˌve-jə-ˈter-ē-ən\

Definition of vegetarian

  1. 1 :  a person who does not eat meat :  someone whose diet consists wholly of vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, and sometimes eggs or dairy products

  2. 2 :  herbivore

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.

Origin and Etymology of vegetarian

1veget(able) + -arian


First Known Use: 1839

Other Physiology Terms


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adjective veg·e·tar·i·an

Definition of vegetarian

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or suitable for vegetarians a vegetarian restaurant

  2. 2 :  not containing meat :  consisting wholly of vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, and sometimes eggs or dairy products a vegetarian diet vegetarian lunch

1847

First Known Use of vegetarian

1847


VEGETARIAN Defined for Kids

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noun veg·e·tar·i·an \ˌve-jə-ˈter-ē-ən\

Definition of vegetarian for Students

  1. :  a person who does not eat meat


Medical Dictionary

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noun veg·e·tar·i·an \ˌvej-ə-ˈter-ē-ən\

Medical Definition of vegetarian

  1. :  an individual who believes in or practices vegetarianism


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vegetarian

adjective veg·e·tar·i·an

Medical Definition of vegetarian

  1. 1:  of or relating to vegetarians

  2. 2:  consisting wholly of vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, and sometimes eggs or dairy products a vegetarian diet



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