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[vej-i-tair-ee-uh n] /ˌvɛdʒ ɪˈtɛər i ən/
a person who does not eat or does not believe in eating meat, fish, fowl, or, in some cases, any food derived from animals, as eggs or cheese, but subsists on vegetables, fruits, nuts, grain, etc.
of or relating to vegetarianism or vegetarians.
devoted to or advocating this practice.
consisting solely of vegetables:
vegetarian vegetable soup.
Origin of vegetarian
1835-45; veget(able) + -arian
Related forms
nonvegetarian, adjective, noun
Can be confused
vegan, vegetarian. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vegetarian
  • Stop eating is not a solution, becoming a vegetarian maybe.
  • vegetarian restaurants are spreading, but many patronise them to be trendy rather than ethical.
  • The same happened to my partner, who also underwent the gradual, instinctive change from carnivore to vegetarian.
  • Doesn't matter if you buy your food at the store or hunt and fish or even if you are a vegetarian.
  • Those who champion the low-fat vegetarian vegan diet have long made broad health claims for the regimen.
  • The bottomline: be vegetarian and listen to your instincts.
  • One is to farm more vegetarian fish such as tilapia and catfish.
  • Your typical vegetarian enchiladas are mostly cheese.
  • Guests can chill out in the well-tended garden and dine at the vegetarian rooftop restaurant.
  • If your dog is being fed a vegetarian diet, leave out the animal fat and use peanut butter instead.
British Dictionary definitions for vegetarian


a person who advocates or practises vegetarianism
relating to, advocating, or practising vegetarianism
(cookery) strictly, consisting of vegetables and fruit only, but usually including milk, cheese, eggs, etc
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Word Origin and History for vegetarian

1839, irregular formation from vegetable (n.) + -arian, as in agrarian, etc. "The general use of the word appears to have been largely due to the formation of the Vegetarian Society in Ramsgate in 1847" [OED].

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vegetarian in Medicine

vegetarian veg·e·tar·i·an (věj'ĭ-târ'ē-ən)
One who practices vegetarianism. adj.

  1. Of or relating to vegetarianism or vegetarians.

  2. Consisting primarily or wholly of vegetables and vegetable products.

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