[ vej-i-tair-ee-uhn ]
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  1. 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.

  1. of or relating to vegetarianism or vegetarians.

  2. devoted to or advocating this practice.

  1. consisting solely of vegetables: vegetarian vegetable soup.

Origin of vegetarian

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

Other words from vegetarian

  • non·veg·e·tar·i·an, adjective, noun

Words that may be confused with vegetarian

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How to use vegetarian in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for vegetarian


/ (ˌvɛdʒɪˈtɛərɪən) /

  1. a person who advocates or practises vegetarianism

  1. relating to, advocating, or practising vegetarianism

  2. cookery strictly, consisting of vegetables and fruit only, but usually including milk, cheese, eggs, etc

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