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[dahy-i-ter-ee] /ˈdaɪ ɪˌtɛr i/
of or relating to diet:
a dietary cure.
noun, plural dietaries.
a regulated allowance of food.
Obsolete. a system or course of diet.
Origin of dietary
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English dietarie system of diet. See diet1, -ary
Related forms
dietarily, adverb
predietary, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dietary
  • His level elaborate teeth suggest a largely vegetarian dietary.
  • We can not afford, in the strictest view of dietary responsibility, to quarrel with them for it.
  • What wine tasting taught me about the dietary preferences of deer.
  • One would have to be an ideologue of the highest order to hear that as a question about dietary choice.
  • They used strategies designed to increase options for physical activity throughout the day and to improve dietary choices.
  • All three groups also showed selection for different genes involved in the uptake, storage, and energy conversion of dietary fats.
  • The team found that the ancient organisms had a similar dietary chemistry to fungi known to feast on dead wood.
  • Sorghum is the primary grain source, a daily dietary item that is boiled and made into small cakes.
  • Nearly all the current over-the-counter dietary aids contain some combination of these ingredients.
  • Patients should always check with their doctors before using any herbal remedies or dietary supplements.
British Dictionary definitions for dietary


/ˈdaɪətərɪ; -trɪ/
of or relating to a diet
noun (pl) -taries
a regulated diet
a system of dieting
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Word Origin and History for dietary

1610s, from Medieval Latin dietarius, from Latin diaetarius, from diaeta (see diet (n.1)).

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dietary in Medicine

dietary di·e·tar·y (dī'ĭ-těr'ē)
Of or relating to diet.

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