[ 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

First recorded in 1835–45; veget(able) + -arian

Related forms

non·veg·e·tar·i·an, adjective, noun

Can be confused

vegan vegetarian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for non-vegetarian

  • Vegetarians also frequently stay with non-vegetarian friends, or lodge with others who do not understand how to provide for them.

British Dictionary definitions for non-vegetarian


/ (ˌvɛdʒɪˈtɛərɪən) /


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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Medicine definitions for non-vegetarian


[ vĕj′ĭ-târē-ən ]


One who practices vegetarianism.


Of or relating to vegetarianism or vegetarians.
Consisting primarily or wholly of vegetables and vegetable products.
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